Changes to the Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting (US)

50 CFR Parts 13 and 22
[Docket No. FWS-R9-MB-2011-0054; FF09M21200–134–FXMB1231099BPP0]
RIN 1018–AX91
Eagle Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting

This is a new federal rule to provide legal protection for the lifespan of wind farms and other projects if companies obtain permits and make efforts to avoid killing protected birds.

Companies would have to take additional measures if they killed or injured more eagles than they had estimated they would, or if new information suggested that eagle populations were being affected. The permits would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they killed. Now, such reporting is voluntary, and the Interior Department does not release the information.

Here is the Globe and Mail news report of the change.

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