Citizen Board Reverses DEP Rejection of Wind Power Project

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This Bangor Daily News article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Kat Joyce.

AUGUSTA, Maine—A 14-turbine wind project proposed for Passadumkeag Mountain won new life Thursday when the Board of Environmental Protection overturned a state decision to reject the project.

The citizen board, which met Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center, voted 5-1 to reverse a previous decision by the department.

At issue is a November 2012 decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny a permit for an industrial 14-turbine wind site atop Passadumkeag Mountain. While the department found that the applicants for the project, Passadumkeag Windpark LLC and landowner, Penobscot Forest LLC, met most of the standards required by the Maine Wind Energy Act, Commissioner Patricia Aho ruled against it because of the visual effect it would have had in the area. Aho said in a press release after Thursday’s decision that she is worried about the process as the state considers more applications.

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