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Is the FCC for the birds? (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 7 2005 @ 07:32 PM
The embattled FCC is under attack again. This time from environmentalists and bird lovers who are suing the FCC to force it to comply with environmental laws in its licensing of television, radio, cell and other communications towers.
Millions of birds die each year in the United States because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has failed to comply with environmental laws in its licensing of television, radio, cell, and other communications towers, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by two conservation organizations.

The American Bird Conservancy of Washington, DC; and the Forest Conservation Council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, filed suit in federal court against the FCC to activate a formal petition they filed with the agency in August 2002 requesting the agency’s environmental compliance in licensing communication towers, and requiring mitigation techniques to avoid bird deaths.

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Once again, one gets the impression that the FCC is an agency concerned more with protecting the poffits (and sensibilities) of a few, while ignoring wishes and need of the majority.

It is not like this is a new issue, this has been a problem for years, However with the explosion of cell towers, nationwide, it has become a severe threat to the migratory birds of the U.S.

Filing a lawsuit like this is not cheap. The groups that filed this lawsuit would much rather spend the money on direct conservation efforts. However, because the FCC has dragged its feet and dawdled, this is what it comes down to.

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