25 Nov '13, 9pm

Duke Accepts Wind Industry's First Bird Death Fine

Duke Accepts Wind Industry's First Bird Death Fine

Under the agreement , Duke will pay $1 million in federal fines and restitution , spread among the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and The Conservation Fund. Duke also has pledged to take some "proactive steps" to help mitigate future incidents: use new radar and field biologists to detect eagles in the area, and curtail the turbines during busy eagle activity; remove rock and debris that attract eagles' prey; institute training programs for staff and develop a reporting system to track avian population on the sites. The company also pledges to work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on plans for migratory bird compliance and eagle conservation. The issue of wind farm bird deaths -- and the lack of any fines being levied for allegedly the same violations as other industries such as...

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