KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings has issued a subpoena seeking answers on the federal government's recent decision to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species.
The Republican said Monday that the Obama administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have failed to answer his questions.
Hastings told the Tri-City Herald that Americans have a right to know what science and data went into a listing decision that could have serious economic impacts.
The White Bluffs bladderpod is a yellow flowering plant thought to grow only near the Columbia River in Franklin County.
Hastings has questioned the agency about rejecting DNA research, funded by area farmers, that showed the White Bluffs bladderpod is genetically the same as other bladderpod species found in the Northwest.