The Interior Department on Friday finalized a new rule that will grant 30-year permits to wind farms allowing them to legally kill eagles, a decision applauded by the wind industry but harshly criticized by environmental and conservation groups.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Fish and Wildlife Service rule would ensure that renewable energy development is "done in the right way." But the head of the Audubon Society said the department bowed to pressure from wind developers, and vowed that the rule will be challenged.
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