Vt. Supreme Court Upholds Lowell Wind Permits

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The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected a series of appeals filed by opponents of a project to build a series of wind turbines on Lowell Mountain.

The towns of Albany and Craftsbury and a citizens group called the Lowell Mountain Group had asked the Supreme Court to overturn an order issued by the utility-regulating Vermont Public Service Board that gave permission for the 21-turbine project to go forward.

After the board issued the final permit for the project last year, construction on the facility began. It is expected to be generating electricity soon.

Opponents argue the project despoils a natural area and creates human health risks.

But the Supreme Court rejected opponents’ claims. The decision says conditions imposed by board are adequate to protect the public.

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