Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Small Renewable Wind Energy Projects Permit by Rule [9 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
Action Establishment of permit(s) by rule for the construction and operation of small wind energy projects
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 8/20/2010
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8/20/10  12:03 pm
Commenter: Richard M. Laska, Laska's Grove

Incompatibility with existing agreements/interests

The proposed rule fails to take into consideration existing agreements with, and interests of, other governmental entities.  Specifically, adjacent States and the Federal government.  For example, North Carolina has a legal ban on ridgeline structures which exceed 100 feet.  Industrial wind turbines can exceed 400 feet in height.  Does Virginia intend to dismiss as irrelevant the concerns of North Carolina?

Likewise, sanctified places such as Arlington National Cemetery deserve greater consideration than the mindless, automatic approval of towering, noisy industrial turbines on their borders.  The same applies to long-established plans and zoning requirements.

Is the Commonwealth of Virginia, at long last, utterly indifferent to the concerns and clearly-stiplulated interests of its neighbors? 

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