October 1, 2014
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities say they won't prosecute a Southern California wind farm if the company's whirring turbine blades kill any endangered California condors.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1ag8Rjv ) the Tehachapi Mountain wind farm operated by Alta Windpower Development has been granted a right-of-way by land management and wildlife officials.
That means the 2,300-acre wind farm is protected from prosecution if a condor is fatally killed for the next 30 years.
Officials believe the likelihood of a condor being killed at the wind farm is low because the area is devoid of the type of updrafts that carry the scavengers, which can have a 10-foot wingspan.
The farm also plans to install a detection system to turn off its 456-foot turbines when condors are spotted near them.
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