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Wind farm hearing set

People will have a chance to ask questions and comment on a proposal to build a 22-turbine wind farm on several ridges in Roxbury at a hearing Wednesday night. The hearing, required by the state Department of Environmental Protection as part of the approval process, begins at 6 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School. ...Another wind project in the early planning stages is in the works for nearby Black Mountain in Rumford.

RUMFORD - People will have a chance to ask questions and comment on a proposal to build a 22-turbine wind farm on several ridges in Roxbury at a hearing Wednesday night.

The hearing, required by the state Department of Environmental Protection as part of the approval process, begins at 6 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School.

The project is proposed by Independence Wind LLC, owned by former Gov. Angus King and former Maine Public Broadcasting Network Director Rob Gardiner.

Both will be in attendance, along with representatives from the DEP and Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury.

An entry on the citizens' group Web site said that an attorney has been hired to represent the group during the DEP proceedings.

Roxbury Board of Selectmen Chairman John Sutton said Monday afternoon that he will read a statement during the hearing outlining the town's action taken so far. That includes a special town meeting held last month where people narrowly approved zoning changes that would provide a district that allows wind turbines.

The turbines, including the pylons and blades, are expected to be about 400 feet high.

The project, once complete, would produce 22 megawatts of electricity.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

RUMFORD - People will have a chance to ask questions and comment on a proposal to build a 22-turbine wind farm on several ridges in Roxbury at a hearing Wednesday night.

The hearing, required by the state Department of Environmental Protection as part of the approval process, begins at 6 p.m. at Mountain Valley High School.

The project is proposed by Independence Wind LLC, owned by former Gov. Angus King and former Maine Public Broadcasting Network Director Rob Gardiner.

Both will be in attendance, along with representatives from the DEP and Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury.

An entry on the citizens' group Web site said that an attorney has been hired to represent the group during the DEP proceedings.

Roxbury Board of Selectmen Chairman John Sutton said Monday afternoon that he will read a statement during the hearing outlining the town's action taken so far. That includes a special town meeting held last month where people narrowly approved zoning changes that would provide a district that allows wind turbines.

The turbines, including the pylons and blades, are expected to be about 400 feet high.

The project, once complete, would produce 22 megawatts of electricity.

Selectman Deborah DeRoche said Independence Wind sent letters to townspeople encouraging them to attend Wednesday's hearing. She said the company expects DEP action by June.

Sutton said if the DEP approves the wind turbine project, the plan would go before the Roxbury Planning Board for a building permit.

He said that part of the DEP requirements call for tangible benefits to the town from the wind project. Selectmen scheduled a meeting with King and Gardiner for 6 p.m., Feb. 23, at the town office to discuss potential benefits.

Another wind project in the early planning stages is in the works for nearby Black Mountain in Rumford.

Some people, including Dr. Albert Aniel of Mexico, have expressed concerns about possible health hazards related to the turbines. He and several other local medical practitioners have sent letters to the governor, newspapers and several boards of selectmen asking for a moratorium on wind farm construction until health risks have been studied.


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FEB 17 2009
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