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Lee County residents sue over proposed wind farm

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm •  Published: August 16, 2013
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DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of Lee County residents have filed a lawsuit against the County Board and an energy company in an effort to stop construction of a wind farm.

The (Dixon) Telegraph reports (http://tinyurl.com/mw9tpro) that the lawsuit was filed Wednesday by almost 60 residents of the north-central Illinois county. The suit names the county board and Mainstream Renewable Power.

The Ireland-based company wants to build the 53-turbine Green River Wind Farm. The project was approved by the County Board in May, overruling a zoning board recommendation that they reject it.

The suit asks the court to stop the project and void its permits.

Plaintiffs say the wind farm is incompatible with surrounding residential and agricultural uses and say they fear it would hurt property values, create noise and disturb wildlife.