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DEP approves permit for wind farm project

Department of Environmental Protection officials have signed off on Gamesa's proposed Sandy Ridge wind farm project. A DEP spokesman confirmed the approval of the national pollution discharge elimination system permit, which says outlined construction plans will not pose any threat to the environment.

TAYLOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Department of Environmental Protection officials have signed off on Gamesa's proposed Sandy Ridge wind farm project.

A DEP spokesman confirmed the approval of the national pollution discharge elimination system permit, which says outlined construction plans will not pose any threat to the environment.

Gamesa's proposed wind farm will feature 25 high-tech turbines straddling the Centre-Blair county line near Sandy Ridge.

Taylor Township resident Mark Nale is skeptical of claims that construction of the turbines and access road will not disturb the local watershed.

"We've been lucky on this side of the mountain generally, compared to Cambria Count," said Nale. "We escaped the acid and we have lots of good trout streams which I enjoy fishing. There's also a potential threat to Tyrone's water supply."

Tyrone resident Nancy Miller told WJAC-TV Wednesday she's looking forward to the new jobs coming with the project.

"I've seen where they have put them up; they're not disturbing the land," said Miller. "They're not disturbing the wildlife or anything like that. They're not noisy; I've stood right underneath them. I think they're fine."

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TAYLOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Department of Environmental Protection officials have signed off on Gamesa's proposed Sandy Ridge wind farm project.

A DEP spokesman confirmed the approval of the national pollution discharge elimination system permit, which says outlined construction plans will not pose any threat to the environment.

Gamesa's proposed wind farm will feature 25 high-tech turbines straddling the Centre-Blair county line near Sandy Ridge.

Taylor Township resident Mark Nale is skeptical of claims that construction of the turbines and access road will not disturb the local watershed.

"We've been lucky on this side of the mountain generally, compared to Cambria Count," said Nale. "We escaped the acid and we have lots of good trout streams which I enjoy fishing. There's also a potential threat to Tyrone's water supply."

Tyrone resident Nancy Miller told WJAC-TV Wednesday she's looking forward to the new jobs coming with the project.

"I've seen where they have put them up; they're not disturbing the land," said Miller. "They're not disturbing the wildlife or anything like that. They're not noisy; I've stood right underneath them. I think they're fine."

Gamesa officials said the remaining hurdle before starting the project is approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to an FAA spokesperson in New York, a study is being conducted to determine if the 475-foot structures will be an air navigation hazard.

The primary concern is focused on six proposed turbine sites near a unidirectional navigation aid used by pilots.

Gamesa officials plan on starting construction this summer, creating 100 temporary jobs and eventually 5 full-time positions.

The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes annually.


Source: http://www.wjactv.com/news/...

MAY 6 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/26093-dep-approves-permit-for-wind-farm-project
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