A new proposed rule, to be formally released on Friday, May 7, would repeal the Trump administration’s changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act regulations. The Trump administration’s rule, finalized in January 2021, determined that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act does not apply to the “incidental” or accidental killing of birds. Previous administrations have prosecuted and fined companies for violations of the MBTA that harm protected birds. Notably, BP paid a $100 million fine under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The proposed rule will be open for public comments through June 6.
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