Vt. wind farm opponents make case at Supreme Court

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 6:15 am •  Published: December 6, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of the Lowell wind turbines argue that state officials should not have granted storm water runoff permits to Green Mountain Power's Lowell Mountain project.

Nearly a year after the 21 turbines began spinning, a lawyer for Energize Vermont told justices of the Vermont Supreme Court that the state's Agency of Natural Resources did not follow standard procedures when it issued the runoff permits.

Attorney Nathan Stearns told the court that state officials erred in allowing Green Mountain Power to install level-spreader drainage instead of the traditional 12-hour retention ponds.

A lawyer for Green Mountain Power told the court that state law gives the agency discretion to approve alternative runoff measures.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1cpTWY7 ) that Energize Vermont wants the permits revoked.

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