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Public Workshop on the Draft Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:56:37 EST

On Friday, January 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Farmington, the Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a workshop and presentation on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act. In July the Department held a similar workshop in the Bangor area. At the workshop, Mark Bergeron, the Director of the Bureau of Land Resources, will present changes to the draft rule in response to comments received, and describe plans for moving forward with the rulemaking process.

The draft rule will be pursuant to the rulemaking authority established in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, and will address scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning. The draft rule will not address best practical mitigation measures, as this will be the subject of a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA § 3459.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can ensure that we have enough room. This is not part of the formal rulemaking process, which has not yet begun. We will also provide notice of the commencement of the rulemaking process when that occurs.

Board of Environmental Protection

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:34:24 EST