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GOP: Administration stonewalling on bird deaths

At least 85 eagles are killed by wind turbines every year. Only one company has been prosecuted for killing birds.
At least 85 eagles are killed by wind turbines every year. Only one company has been prosecuted for killing birds.associated Press/2013 file

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a ‘‘deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers’’ for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds.

An Associated Press investigation last year revealed that the administration was not prosecuting wind energy companies for killing eagles and other protected birds.

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