Maine high court upholds state wind farm law

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court has upheld a state law that aims to speed up the permitting process for wind farms in Maine.

In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected arguments from the Friends of Lincoln Lakes nonprofit group.

The organization was challenging the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of a 40-turbine wind power project on Rollins Mountain in northern Penobscot County.

The group contended regulators moved too quickly and failed to fully consider the impact of noise, vibrations and lighting on people and wildlife.

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Evergreen Wind Power is proposing to build a 60-megawatt wind farm with turbines that are 389 feet high.

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