FWS Dismays Enviro Groups With 30-Year Eagle Take Permits

Law360, New York (December 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced it has decided to allow eagle “take” permits for wind energy projects, electric utilities and timber operations to last up to 30 years, rather than five, pleasing industry groups but alarming environmentalists.

In 2009, the FWS began a permitting program under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act applicable to developers of renewable energy projects and other activities that may “take” — injure, kill or otherwise disturb — bald and golden eagles. The Eagle Act allows the...
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