HARTFORD, Conn. – Ending what has been an informal three-year moratorium on wind power in Connecticut, a legislative committee unanimously approved regulations Tuesday paving the way for wind turbines.
The regulations, which were postponed for clerical reasons or rejected without prejudice at least four times prior to Tuesday’s meeting, finally met the approval of the committee and its attorneys. Prior drafts submitted by the Connecticut Siting Council, which oversees the location of transmission lines and cellphone towers, were rejected for a variety of reasons.
Legislative attorneys said the difference between previous versions and the one approved Tuesday was the way in which the turbines would be decommissioned by a certified engineer, and the new language specified that a waiver would apply to shadow flicker and setback distances, but not noise.
Rep. Arthur O’Neill, R-Southbury, described the process of approving the regulations as “torturous.”
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