Interior to Toss Trump Bird Rule, Punish Accidental Killings (2)

May 6, 2021, 1:34 PM; Updated: May 6, 2021, 3:40 PM

The Interior Department is moving to revoke the Trump administration’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act rule, which lifted penalties for accidentally killing birds due to industrial activity.

Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a regulation to revoke the Trump rule. A public inspection notice of the proposed rule was published in Thursday’s Federal Register. The agency will take public comment on the proposal until June 7.

Members of the public had urged Interior to review the rollback of the MBTA “to ensure continued progress toward commonsense standards that protect migratory birds,” Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Martha ...

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