By Brett Boese The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN Minnesota
Rule Part 7854.1300, Subpart 3. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can revoke a site permit if it's determined that: • The applicant knowingly made a false statement in the application orin accompanying statements or studies required of the applicant, if a true statementwould have warranted a change in the commission's findings. • The applicant has failed to comply with a material condition or termof the permit; • The project endangers human health or the environment andthe danger cannot be resolved by modification of the permit. • The permit holder violated laws that reflect an inability to comply with the permit.
ZUMBROTA — National Wind, the longtime AWA Goodhue project developer, was acquired in December by Trishe Wind Energy, an international company based in India, but it appears the move was never officially communicated to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The $180 million project has been seeking permits for three years. The PUC is investigating the changes, as well as other possible discrepancies in filings with the state-permitting entity. There are four ways a project can lose its site permit, which was approved in June 2011, but a PUC spokesman says applying those standards can't be done yet because the facts "are still being established." The AWA Goodhue wind project proposed near Zumbrota has a 32,000-acre footprint. Whereas a typical wind project is approved in six to 12 months, the 48-turbine project has been seeking state approval since 2008.
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