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Jones enters discussions of proposed wind energy in Carteret  

Credit:  By JANNETTE PIPPIN - Daily News Staff | Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | www.jdnews.com ~~

Congressman Walter Jones has entered the discussions over a proposed wind energy facility that would be located in Carteret County.

Jones, R-NC, has requested a meeting with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense John Conger to discuss the defense department review of the proposed project.

“This proposal has generated a great deal of concern among local residents for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is potential impact on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Marine Corps Air Station New River,” Jones said in a Jan. 10 letter to Conger.

The proposal, known as the Mill Pond project, would locate an estimated 40 industrial wind turbines on land outside of Newport.

One of the primary concerns raised is the potential obstruction of the flight path of military aircraft flying out of Cherry Point. There is also concern about the impact of turbines on radar use.

Under both federal and state law, the Department of Defense must review such projects, taking into consideration the potential impact on military installations, Jones said.

Texas-based Torch Renewable Energy has begun discussions with the various agencies involved in the review process but has not yet filed a formal application for a permit from the state or local governments.

The Carteret County Board of Commissioners imposed a 60-day moratorium Jan. 2 on the issuance of permits for wind energy facilities while it reviews the county’s regulations.

According to Jones’ letter, the DOD review process is completed by a Mitigation Response Team.

“Any project which poses the potential to negatively impact Eastern North Carolina’s military installations is one that should be thoroughly and carefully researched,” Jones said. “It is critical that the local residents who could be affected by the Mill Pond project have a voice in the discussion surrounding approval of the wind turbines.”

Source:  By JANNETTE PIPPIN - Daily News Staff | Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | www.jdnews.com

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