FWS's 'Eagle' Eye On Renewable Energy Development

Law360, New York (May 10, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT) -- On April 13, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a proposed rule to extend programmatic eagle take permits for up to 30 years to accommodate the development of renewable energy projects. Eagle Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting, 77 Fed. Reg. 22267, Docket No. FWS-R90MB-2011-0054 (Apr. 13, 2012).

Currently, under 50 C.F.R. part 22, the FWS provides programmatic permits for the incidental and nonpurposeful take of bald and golden eagles for up to five years. The FWS initially established regulations for...
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