Mon, Aug 21, 2006
Pentagon Study On Effects To Radar Ongoing
Construction on a huge wind farm
project in Minnesota is underway... after the local utility got a
green light from the FAA, which had said it was worried about
possible interference with radar signals.
The first of 43 windmill-like generators is now under
construction, after the FAA -- spurred by Virginia Senator John
Warner... took a good look at the possibility of interference with
radars, after landowners on Cape Cod protested the proposed
construction of a similar wind farm there.
Warner -- who, incidentally, spends a lot of vacation time in
Cape Cod -- attached the demand for an investigation to a piece of
military funding legislation back in January.
The Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security then blocked
all wind farm construction in the US... shutting down plans for
wind turbine construction on Cape Cod, and at dozens of sites
around the country, until a study on the effects of such
construction on military and civilian radars is finished.
Well, the Pentagon says that study is still underway... but the
FAA has started allowing some of the embattled energy projects to
go ahead. That decision comes after threats from Illinois' two
Democratic senators to hold up all sorts of legislation until the
government determines the true risk of wind farms to radar
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