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WIND ENERGY-EAGLE DEATHS
Lawsuit seeks to block rule offering 30-year permits for killing eagles to boost wind industry
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:18 AM EDT
A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.
The group argues that the rule issued late last year violates federal law. It says the government extended by 25 years the time a company could be authorized to kill eagles without analyzing the consequences.
The wind energy industry sought the change to reduce its liability. An AP investigation last year documented dozens of eagle deaths at wind farms, findings confirmed by federal biologists.