Environmentalists oppose eagle-killing rules

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Some environmental groups in Wyoming oppose the Obama administration's decision to allow wind companies to kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

Under Friday's decision, wind power companies will now be issued eagle-take permits for 30 years instead of five. There will still be formal checkups every five years.

Audubon Rockies director Brian Rutledge told Wyoming Public Radio that not enough is known about the impact of wind farms on birds to make such long-term commitments.

In a recent interview, the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Division, Casey Stemler, said the agency won't just walk away after issuing permits. He says there will be consistent monitoring of wind farms and officials will look into any problems.

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