Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Wind Farm Foes Cite Risk to Aviation Rader Despite FAA Finding of No Threat

The Cape Cod Times reports today that the Barnstable Airport Commission plans to appeal the Federal Aviation Authority's (FAA) finding that the Cape Wind Project is no threat to aviation.

According to the article, the FAA has twice certified that the 130 wind turbines proposed to be sited in Nantucket Sound would "have no substantial adverse effect" on "aircraft or ... air navigation facilities." But project opponents have apparently convinced the local airport commission to question that conclusion, citing as evidence British studies that indicate that wind turbines may interfere with radar tracking devices on planes and at airports.

The Barnstable Airport Commission did not express a view on the validity of the studies or on the proposed project itself, but has authorized an appeal of the FAA determination in order to ensure that decisions are being made on the best available information.

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