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Towns urge more study on wind turbine sites

The elected officials at three southern Brown County towns will ask the Public Service Commission to take more time to study possible health and safety issues before approving wind turbine siting rules. Comments from town supervisors and residents in the towns of Morrison, Glenmore and Wrightstown will be delivered to the PSC's Wind Siting Council next week.

The elected officials at three southern Brown County towns will ask the Public Service Commission to take more time to study possible health and safety issues before approving wind turbine siting rules.

Comments from town supervisors and residents in the towns of Morrison, Glenmore and Wrightstown will be delivered to the PSC's Wind Siting Council next week. A joint meeting of the three town boards was held Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the county's Human Services Committee unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Board of Health's recommendations that turbines not be built in areas where the fractured bedrock and thin soil could lead to groundwater contamination. The resolution will be considered by the Brown County Board at its July 21 meeting.

Invenergy LLC, a Chicago-based company, has proposed to build a 100-turbine wind farm in Morrison, Glenmore and Wrightstown. It is waiting to resubmit its application until the guidelines are approved by the PSC.

Supporting Invenergy's plans are those who say sustainable energy must be encouraged.

The wind siting council released a draft of rules in May and is holding meetings statewide to hear public comments.

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The elected officials at three southern Brown County towns will ask the Public Service Commission to take more time to study possible health and safety issues before approving wind turbine siting rules.

Comments from town supervisors and residents in the towns of Morrison, Glenmore and Wrightstown will be delivered to the PSC's Wind Siting Council next week. A joint meeting of the three town boards was held Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the county's Human Services Committee unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Board of Health's recommendations that turbines not be built in areas where the fractured bedrock and thin soil could lead to groundwater contamination. The resolution will be considered by the Brown County Board at its July 21 meeting.

Invenergy LLC, a Chicago-based company, has proposed to build a 100-turbine wind farm in Morrison, Glenmore and Wrightstown. It is waiting to resubmit its application until the guidelines are approved by the PSC.

Supporting Invenergy's plans are those who say sustainable energy must be encouraged.

The wind siting council released a draft of rules in May and is holding meetings statewide to hear public comments.

Glen Schwalbach, a supervisor for the town of Rockland, has been hired by the three towns to present the comments to the PSC. He isn't addressing the Invenergy proposal specifically, but wind turbines in general.

In his presentation to about 35 area residents Wednesday, Schwalbach cited three major points:

•That potential health dangers to humans and animals be studied further before rules are approved;

•That the state Department of Natural Resources take a close look at the risk to groundwater; and

•That a third party, paid by wind developers, be employed to inspect the turbine construction process.

The Human Services Committee spent little time discussing the Board of Health's recommendations before approving it on a voice vote.

Bill Hafs, the county's Land and Water Conservation director, told the committee that the proposed 81 miles of trenching to construct the Ledge Wind farm could impact groundwater in an area where dozens of wells were contaminated in 2006.


Source: http://www.postcrescent.com...

JUN 25 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/26895-towns-urge-more-study-on-wind-turbine-sites
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