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Calumet board passes 70-day ban on wind farm permits

...largely fruitless debate over recommended changes to its ordinance regulating wind energy, the board passed a 70-day ban on permits for wind turbines. ...Ron Dietrich, a member of the committee that proposed the changes, which would increase the distance between turbines and houses, schools, hospitals and other structures, said he was disappointed the longer moratorium didn’t pass, but glad the board hadn’t rejected the committee’s recommendations.

The Calumet County Board rejected some members’ proposed one-year moratorium on wind turbines about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Four hours later, however, after largely fruitless debate over recommended changes to its ordinance regulating wind energy, the board passed a 70-day ban on permits for wind turbines.

Two developers are negotiating the location of two large wind farms, composed of 400-foot turbines, in the county.

Ron Dietrich, a member of the committee that proposed the changes, which would increase the distance between turbines and houses, schools, hospitals and other structures, said he was disappointed the longer moratorium didn’t pass, but glad the board hadn’t rejected the committee’s recommendations.

The board will resume deliberations Wednesday. It succeeded Tuesday in defining what kinds of entities wind turbines might affect, leaving 15 additional proposals for regulating wind turbines unresolved.


The Calumet County Board rejected some members’ proposed one-year moratorium on wind turbines about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Four hours later, however, after largely fruitless debate over recommended changes to its ordinance regulating wind energy, the board passed a 70-day ban on permits for wind turbines.

Two developers are negotiating the location of two large wind farms, composed of 400-foot turbines, in the county.

Ron Dietrich, a member of the committee that proposed the changes, which would increase the distance between turbines and houses, schools, hospitals and other structures, said he was disappointed the longer moratorium didn’t pass, but glad the board hadn’t rejected the committee’s recommendations.

The board will resume deliberations Wednesday. It succeeded Tuesday in defining what kinds of entities wind turbines might affect, leaving 15 additional proposals for regulating wind turbines unresolved.


 


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JAN 15 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/12813-calumet-board-passes-70-day-ban-on-wind-farm-permits
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