RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Proposed wind farm operators in North Carolina would face additional hurdles to address public health and military training in legislation now moving through the state Senate.
The bill released Wednesday and approved by the Senate environment committee also would prohibit construction or expansion of wind-energy facilities across large sections of North Carolina land where military air maneuvers and other training are performed.
State departments over the military and health would have formal input before environmental regulators decide whether to issue permits. There are already federal permits.
Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville says maps make clear to investors which areas work and which don't.
Attorneys for two companies seeking to build wind farms in eastern North Carolina say their big investments would be blocked if the current bill became law.