Wind Farms’ Representatives Pick Apart Draft Guidance on Takes of Endangered Bats

Na Pua Makani wind farm, Kahuku, Oahu.

Last month, Environment Hawai‘i reported on a new draft bat guidance document aimed at helping the state Endangered Species Recovery Committee (ESRC) make decisions regarding the Habitat Conservation Plans and Incidental Take Licenses that are required for wind farms to incidentally harm or kill protected species.

By all accounts, the original guidance document, adopted by the committee in 2015, is in sore need of updating. But according to comments submitted to the committee in February by wind farm representatives, the new draft sets unattainable standards . . .

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