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Maine Lung Association Supports Wind Farm

PORTLAND, Maine — The American Lung Association of Maine is giving its support to a proposed wind farm in western Maine that has drawn criticism from environmental groups.

The association said it will speak in favor of Maine Mountain Power's plan when the Land Use Regulation Commission holds a public hearing this week on a proposal to build 30 wind turbines on Redington Pond Range and on Black Nubble Mountain near the Sugarloaf USA ski resort.

The Redington wind farm project is an important step toward reducing air pollution and improving public health in Maine, said Edward Miller, CEO of the association.

"All Maine people have a stake in the Redington wind farm project because all Maine people are affected by air pollution," Miller said. "Even if you do not have asthma or lung disease, chances are you know someone who does."

Maine Mountain Power has submitted a petition to LURC to rezone about 1,000 acres of land for the 90-megawatt wind farm. The turbines would be placed on 260-foot tall towers, and each turbine would have three 150-foot blades.

LURC has scheduled three days of hearings beginning Wednesday at the Sugarloaf Grand Summit Conference Center in Carrabassett Valley.

The company says its $150-million project would remove 800,000 pounds of pollutants a day, the equivalent of taking 26,000 cars off the road, and produce enough power for 40,000 Maine... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The association said it will speak in favor of Maine Mountain Power's plan when the Land Use Regulation Commission holds a public hearing this week on a proposal to build 30 wind turbines on Redington Pond Range and on Black Nubble Mountain near the Sugarloaf USA ski resort.

The Redington wind farm project is an important step toward reducing air pollution and improving public health in Maine, said Edward Miller, CEO of the association.

"All Maine people have a stake in the Redington wind farm project because all Maine people are affected by air pollution," Miller said. "Even if you do not have asthma or lung disease, chances are you know someone who does."

Maine Mountain Power has submitted a petition to LURC to rezone about 1,000 acres of land for the 90-megawatt wind farm. The turbines would be placed on 260-foot tall towers, and each turbine would have three 150-foot blades.

LURC has scheduled three days of hearings beginning Wednesday at the Sugarloaf Grand Summit Conference Center in Carrabassett Valley.

The company says its $150-million project would remove 800,000 pounds of pollutants a day, the equivalent of taking 26,000 cars off the road, and produce enough power for 40,000 Maine homes.

The project has drawn the opposition of more than a dozen organizations ranging from Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine to the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Critics say the project poses threats to rare species of plants and animals, as well as diminishing the scenic quality of the region and the Appalachian Trail.

Miller said that from a health perspective, "doing nothing is not an option."


 


Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA...

AUG 1 2006
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