Energy Company Seeks Federal Permit to Harm and Harass Protected Tortoises

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering an incidental take permit (ITP) application submitted by a solar power company. If issued, the ITP would authorize 8Minute Solar Energy to harm and harass threatened desert tortoises in connection with the construction and maintenance of the Bellfield Solar Energy Project in Kern County, California. FWS is accepting public comments on the ITP application through May 25, 2022.