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Siting board to rule on wind hearing requests May 19

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The Ohio Power Siting Board will rule on requests to have new hearings in both of EverPower Wind Holdings’ local wind projects during its regular meeting May 19 in Columbus.

Two appeals have been filed for new hearings in the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm case, which was approved by the siting board in March. The project includes up to 176 wind turbines in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties.

In a separate item, the siting board will consider a request for new hearings regarding an amendment to one of the two Buckeye Wind projects in Champaign County, which combined are of a similar scale to Scioto Ridge.

The proposed change in the Buckeye project would help consolidate the two phases that are currently being treated as two entirely separate projects, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio spokesman Matt Butler said.

The two requests in the Scioto Ridge case were filed by intervenor Joe Grant, who argues that environmental, health, safety and private property issues were not adequately addressed, and by a group of Indian Lake landowners who say they were not made aware of the proposed wind development until after the siting board process was too far along to intervene in the case.

Champaign County Commissioners and Union, Urbana and Goshen township trustees filed the request for rehearing in the Buckeye Wind case.

If the siting board chooses not to have new hearings, the opponents can file appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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