FWS Presses For Eagle Permit Changes To Boost Wind Energy

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday proposed allowing eagle "take" permits for wind energy projects, electric utilities and timber operations to last up to 30 years, rather than five, along with higher permit fees to facilitate the change.

The agency said lengthening the maximum life of long-term Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act permits — which authorize projects that unavoidably disturb eagles and their habitat or kill a limited number of them — would bring a boost to renewable energy and other projects. According...
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