Legal protection on eagle deaths extended for wind farms

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As the eagle population declines in the nation, wind energy farms are getting a pass if they accidently kill eagles. Wind energy farms in the U.S. are now able to get a 30-year permit that protects the farms from penalties if bald or golden eagles are accidently killed by spinning turbine blades.  

The previous permit was issued every five years, however, the U.S. Department of Interior extended the permit in hopes to spur green energy growth.

Without the permit, companies who own wind farms could be looking at hefty fines. The new rule requires wind farms to increase safety measures if eagle populations are being affected or if more eagles are killed than estimated.  

A recent federal study found that since 2008, 67 eagles have been killed by turbines.

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