A Wind Power Project In Vermont Is Causing More Environmental Problems Than It Fixes

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The stop-work order continues for a big wind power project being built on northern Vermont’s Lowell Mountain, but work remains under way.

State environmental regulators last week issued the order due to excessive sediment running off the project site with storm water.

Dorothy Schnure, spokeswoman for project developer Green Mountain Power, says construction of a road that is being built to carry equipment up the mountain has stopped, but work continues on parts of the project devoted to handling storm water.

Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment says problems on the site confirm what critics of the project feared — that it will be impossible to build the 21-turbine wind power project without major damage to the environment.

Schnure says contractors are working hard to minimize that damage.

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