Arguments heard on Vermont forest wind project

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BRATTLEBORO (AP) - A federal judge has listened to arguments challenging a 15-tubine wind project authorized in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The citizens group Vermonters for a Clean Environment says the approval process for the project was flawed and argues the installation would compromise a federally designated wilderness area near the site.

Vermont Public Radio reports Stephen Saltonstall, a lawyer for the environmental group, argued before Judge J. Garvin Murtha that the 400-foot towers would be seen from many locations in the wilderness area.

Lawyers for the Forest Service said the laws governing wilderness areas didn't apply to surrounding lands. They said the Forest Service was following U.S. energy policy directives in approving the Deerfield Wind proposal.

Murtha said he would issue a decision as soon as possible.


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