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Windmills and Endangered Species

The “best available science” in 2011 indicated that the Kawailoa Wind Project would take no more than 60 endangered opeapea (Hawaiian Hoary Bat) over the 20-year life of the project. Within six years, the official take of opeapea was 69. Similar results are occurring around the state at other wind farms. “Take” means to harass harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound kill, trap, capture, or collect any endangered or threatened species. State and federal laws prohibit take of endangered and threatened species unless certain conditions are met. An Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan are required for consideration of an Incidental Take License. Approved ITLs allow a limite

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