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Ruling on wind farms VS eagles

From: wasacc@googlegroups.com [mailto:wasacc@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Syrowitz, Jennifer
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:24 PM
To: wasacc@googlegroups.com
Subject: [WaSACC] New Rule on Eagle Take
 
Dear Audubon Conservationists in Washington,
Yesterday, the United States Department of Interior finalized a new rule that would make it possible to grant wind energy companies 30-year permits allowing Bald and Golden eagle take (versus the previous 5 year term limit established in the 2009 regulations). This ruling provides little protection for eagle populations. Wind farms are often placed in the path of eagle migration routes and dozens (likely under-estimate) perish every year as they collide spinning blades and high towers.Newer technology and siting information is available that could pose less risk to birds, but the Interior’s action has given the wind industry every reason to dawdle. As a result hundreds of eagles will sustain horrible injuries and death. You can read Audubon CEO, David Yarnold's full statement here. A December 6th Associated Press article on the decision is available here. Recent studies referenced at the end of the article regarding impacts from wind development on eagle populations are summarized here by the Wildlife Management Institute. Audubon plans to challenge this federal decision.
 In the meantime, consider letting Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell know how outraged and disappointed you are by writing to her at:
U.S. Department of the Interior,
1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240,
or send an email to feedback@ios.doi.gov .
 
Does your chapter have a twitter account? Tweet your disappointment at @Interior. Thank you for all your efforts!

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