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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:33 pm
Associated Press |
So the Obama administration is trying to balance federal protection of the birds and promotion of a pollution-free energy source that's intended to ease global warming.
A plan being announced Wednesday would let wind energy companies kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year before the companies would be required to take action or face a financial penalty. That's nearly four times the current limit for the eagles.
There's a separate approach for golden eagles — much less plentiful than bald eagles. Companies would have to take steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of killing the eagles by electrocution. If such steps are taken, companies would not face penalties for bird deaths.