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Citizen Board Overturns DEP's Denial of Wind Farm Permit
03/21/2013 03:59 PM ET  

State environmental regulators in November rejected Quantum Utility Generation's request for a permit to install 14 turbines on Passadumkeag Ridge in eastern Maine, but the BEP today overturned the decision.

Maine's Board of Environmental Protection has overturned a decision by state regulators to deny a permit for a 14-turbine wind farm proposed on Passadumkeag Mountain.

The citizen board voted 5-1 today to reverse the DEP's denial of a permit to Quantum Utility Generation, which is seeking approval to build the 42-megawatt wind farm on Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township, in eastern Maine. The decision authorizes the Texas-based company to move forward with the project.

In November, the DEP rejected the Quantum's proposal. The agency said that the string of 459-foot-tall turbines would ruin "one-of-a kind" scenic views from Saponac Pond. DEP officials say an analysis concluded that the turbines would be visible from 97 percent of the pond.

The board's vote today marks the first time the BEP has overruled the department on a grid-scale wind-power permit decision, DEP officials say.



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