State Board of Environmental Protection to hear appeal of group opposed to Bingham wind farm

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The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine's Mountains.

The group alleges that Blue Sky West, the company proposing to build the 56-turbine commercial wind far, has not met required state standards for proving financial capacity or decommissioning plans. Their appeal also criticizes the Department of Environmental Protection for not properly evaluating the scenic impact of the wind farm or its impact on wildlife.

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The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/1EFfoqq ) reports that the project has received the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Bingham Wind Project, which would place turbines in the town of Bingham and neighboring communities Mayfield Township and Kingsbury Plantation, is estimated to cost $398 million.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/