First, the listing proposal needs to been published, the public has to be notified, public hearings and/or meetings are conducted, leading scientific experts need to provided peer review, and all comments need to be addressed.
The final rule containing the listing decision is then drafted, and it undergoes the same review process summarized above, before being signed by the Director and published in the Federal Register.
A decision on whether to make the proposed listing final must be completed within 12 months from when the proposal is published. If the final decision is positive, the rule becomes effective 30 days after publication (to allow Congress to review the listing) and the species is officially added to the Federal endangered and threatened species list.
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