November 28, 2014
ELY, Nev. (AP) - A White Pine County wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 over the death of a golden eagle in February.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Jeannie Stafford says her agency is investigating the bird's death at the Spring Valley Wind Farm near the Utah border, 350 miles east of Reno.
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, owner of the 152-megawatt wind energy project that sells power to NV Energy, turned the dead eagle over to federal authorities within 36 hours of its discovery.
But the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the wind farm could face a fine because it does not hold a federal "take" permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle.
Eagles receive special protection under federal law.
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