Changes Proposed Over Unintentional Eagle Killings

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Proposed changes would extend the lifetime of the federal permits used by businesses for the unintentional killing of eagles from five years to 30 years, according to federal officials.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the proposed changes up for public comment until July 12, according to U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/PFv3i9 ).

The permits are intended to help provide clear ground rules as public lands are opened up to wind farms and other renewable energy development.

On wind farms, spinning turbine blades inevitably kill some birds.

Administered under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the permits set limits on how many eagles can be killed and permit holders commit to compensation if they go over.

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