County Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Wind Project Impacts
Friday, October 12, 2012
County Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Wind Project Impacts
Cortland County lawmakers have asked the developers of a proposed industrial farm to revise their draft environmental report for the project after several deficiencies were found.
Yesterday the County Agriculture and Planning committee met to review legislative concerns regarding the environmental review for the proposed Crown City Wind Farm.
The County Planning Department and the county’s hired engineers already presented project developer T-C-I with 120 issues that need to be addressed, yesterday Democratic Legislator Kathy Arnold presented T-C-I with an 18-page list of issues that she found in the report.
Arnold was critical of T-C-I’s report and feels that they left out critical details and have glossed over many important impacts associated with the project.
County Soil and Water Director Amanda Barber also raised concerns about the soil information in the report; she feels more detail is needed to appropriately evaluate the projects impacts.
Another concern raised yesterday is the projects potential impact on the county’s new 14 million dollar emergency communications network that is currently under construction. 
According to Legislator Kevin Whitney, T-C-I has not shown that the towers will not interfere with the new radio frequencies that the radio network will use.
T-C-I responded to the comments and said they will look to revise the document to include the missing information, they hope to turn it around by next week.
Arnold feels T-C-I is not thoroughly reviewing the issues raised and was skeptical of the quick reply from the developer.
T-C-I is looking for the County to release the draft environmental report for public comment; they have indicated they are under strict deadlines and need the review process to keep moving.
T-C-I hopes to begin construction of the 44 500 foot tall towers by 2014.
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