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GMP says saving bats would cost $4 million

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2013 at 3:17 am •  Published: June 18, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The owner of Vermont's most hotly debated wind power project says fully protecting bats around the site would cost about $4 million a year in reduced power output.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( that the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Thursday in Lowell on Green Mountain Power's request to kill up to four endangered bats a year at the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell.

The request comes as bat populations in the Northeast have been decimated by a fungal disease called white nose syndrome.

The draft permit says GMP will pay $18,000 a year to protect other bat colonies.

Steve Wright of the Ridgeprotectors environmental group says his group is among those objecting to the permit.