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Bird Conservancy Slams Obama for Wind Farm Eagle Deaths

The American Bird Conservancy, one of America's top bird conservation groups, intends to sue the Obama administration for allowing wind energy companies to kill eagles without prosecution thanks to a federal permit.

The group contends that Obama's Department of the Interior "violated federal laws when it promulgated the regulation it says sanctions the killing of bald and golden eagles."

"The rule lacks a firm foundation in scientific justification and was generated without the benefit of a full assessment of its impacts on eagle populations,” said Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC's Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign.

They also contend that the current situation "undermines the nation’s longstanding commitment to conservation of eagles—unique animals that are ‘ubiquitous in U.S. culture" and violates the  National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

The American Bird Conservancy, or "ABC will pursue legal action to address these violations and ensure that eagles, and the millions of Americans who enjoy them, obtain the legal protections to which they are entitled under U.S. law," the organization's notice read.

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