Pentagon objects to wind energy proposal - Somerset County, MD

The U.S. Navy officially objects to the proposed Great Bay Energy wind facility due to unacceptable impacts to military radar at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The text of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be downloaded from the links on this page.

The Honorable Anthony Foxx
U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Secretary Foxx:

Pursuant to Section 358 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2-11 (Public Law 111-383), as amended, and as implemented by Part 211 of title 32, U.S.C., the Department of Defense objects to the Great Bay Energy Center project identified as Aeronautical Study Number 20130WTE-7362-PE. I instructed my staff to enter an objection in your Obstruction Evaluation/Airport-Airspace-Analysis computer system.

I have determined that the proposed project, even if mitigated as offered by the applicant, would constitute an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States, as defined in 32 C.F.R. 211.3, because it would significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness. This projects, if not mitigated, would impact the critical research, development, test, and evaluation of the Department's advanced airborne weapons systems and would ultimately place our armed forces at greater risk when they go in harm's way.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. My point of contact for this actions is Mr. Michael Aimone, Director, Siting Clearinghouse, at or 571-372-6745.



Robert O. Work
Deputy Defense Secretary 

Workletterto Foxx Great Bay

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OCT 30 2014
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