Fish and Wildlife Service readies eagle take permit for EDF wind facility

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the June 27 Federal Register will announce the availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact and final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for the issuance of a take permit for golden eagles in association with the operation of the Shiloh IV Wind Project in Solano County, Calif.

The FEA was prepared in response to an application from Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, an affiliate of EDF Renewable Development Inc., for a five-year programmatic take permit for golden eagles.

The Shiloh IV Wind Project is an operational, 100-MW facility in the Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area (WRA) within Solano County.

The application includes an Eagle Conservation Plan (ECP) as the foundation of the applicant’s permit application, as well as a Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy (BBCS). The ECP and BBCS describe actions taken and proposed future actions to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse effects on eagles, birds, and bats.

The service has selected Alternative 3, issuance of a five-year permit based on the applicant’s ECP with additional mitigation and monitoring, and has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate for this action. Based on the FONSI and findings prepared associated with the permit application, it intends to issue a permit after 30 days.

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