Birds and Towers

SBE National recently sent out this notice from the FCC.  It was posted on the chapter remailer and generated immediate comment.  I would encourage posting your comments at the end of this story.

Jim Dalke

The FCC will be conducting a “Programmatic Environmental Assessment” of its Antenna Structure Registration program to evaluate the potential environmental effects that broadcast towers may have on migratory birds.

In “American Bird Conservancy v. FCC”, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in 2008 that registered towers may have a significant environmental effect on migratory birds. The FCC will hold three public meetings to gather information and invites public comment as well.

The first meeting will be held December 6 at 1:30 PM at the Commission meeting room at FCC Headquarters in Washington.  More details, including information about the other two meetings, are contained in the Notice:

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS AND INVITESCOMMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF ITS ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATIONPROGRAM

WT Docket No. 08-61

WT Docket No. 03-187

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-2178A1.doc