Friday, May 15, 2015

DEP: Pending Permit PNDI Reviews Will Need To Be Re-Run For Bat Impacts

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 16 PA Bulletin saying permit reviews may now be impacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Northern Long-eared Bat as a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
With the addition of this bat to the list of threatened species, all PA Natural Diversity Inventory searches in this Commonwealth now have the potential to identify this bat as potential concern in specific areas.
Therefore, DEP said, any search that was done before May 4, 2015, did not encompass the Federally- listed bat and will need to be rerun for this threatened species.
Click Here for a DEP fact sheet on the issue.

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