U.S. Congressmen Lynn Westmoreland, Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to defer final review of the HCP to allow more time for scientific study, peer review and public involvement.
Subsequent to the Council for Quality Growths appearance in Washington D.C. at the request of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, those members of Congress most directly affected by the Etowah HCP have joined him in requesting a pause in the HCP process to allow for more study and review. The request was made in a letter dated March 13, 2007 to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, H. Dale Hall.
In addition, on March 19th, State Senators Chip Pearson (SD-51), Jack Murphy (SD-27), Tom Knox (HD-24), and Mark Hamilton (HD-23) issued their own letter addressed to Forsyth County requesting that any action be delayed to allow for more public scrutiny and further study of the HCP.