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Prospect Wind Farm Rejected

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(Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture)

(Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials have rejected the state’s first proposed wind power project.

The Connecticut Siting Council, which is responsible for ruling on sites for power facilities, transmission lines and hazardous waste facilities, rejected a proposal Thursday to build a wind turbine in Prospect. In a 6-2 vote, the council cited the project’s visual impact.

A group of local residents fought the project, which would have produced 3.2 megawatts of power. Opponents said it was too close to residential neighborhoods, reducing home values with the noise from the blades and the flicker of sunlight.

Paul Corey, chairman of BNE Energy Inc., which proposed the wind turbines, said the project would have been far from residences. He says the decision is anti-business and bad policy.

  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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