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Turtle advocates to sue government agencies

In 2007, conservationists asked the federal government to declare the loggerhead sea turtle, a species that spends its summers in Virginia coastal waters, an endangered species.

The government never responed, reports The Virginian-Pilot, so lawyers from three national advocacy groups are expected to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the matter.

They will ask the judge to order these agencies to complete their studies and say once and for all whether the loggerhead is truly endangered or whether it should remain a federally threatened species.

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