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FCC Revisits Birds and Towers Matter
Washington - Apr 29, 2009 - On April 14, 2009, the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, and the National Audubon Society filed a petition for expedited rulemaking and other relief. The petitioners request that the Commission adopt new rules on an expedited basis, which they assert are necessary to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), and their implementing regulations, and to carry out the mandate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in American Bird Conservancy, Inc. v. FCC (516 F.3d 1027, D.C. Cir. 2008). Specifically, the petitioners request that the FCC undertake several actions:
The debate over towers and migratory birds has been argued for most of this decade. Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation has been put forth as evidence. The topic also carries some emotional elements that make it difficult to discuss the issue without a negative opinion appearing to be summarily wrong.
Comment Date: May 29, 2009
Reply Comment Date: June 15, 2009
DA 09-904; WT Docket No. 08-61; WT Docket No. 03-187
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