Army Corps puts new roadblock in front of wind project

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A plan to build 16 wind-power turbines on a ridge line in the northeastern Vermont town of Sheffield, approved by the state Public Service Board last month, has run into a new roadblock from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps has written to Newton, Mass.-based developer UPC Wind to say it wants more review of the environmental impacts of the project before it grants its approval.

It’s told UPC that no work on the project may proceed until the company gets a permit from the Corps.

Michael Adams of the Corps’ New England district says several issues remain to be worked out, relating to waterways, wetlands and the fragmentation of wildlife habitat.

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