*** URGENT *** DEP needs your advice. Comments due at 5pm Monday the 8th.

Here's our chance to help DEP develop more reasonable standards for Wind Energy applications.

        DEP has asked for our input.

                They are giving the people of Maine a voice!


If you've ever complained about how lenient the standards are that Maine imposes on wind developers, this is your chance to do something about it!

Monday the 8th is the deadline for comments on the pre-rulemaking draft of the Wind Energy Act's standards for:

  • SCENIC CHARACTER,
  • SHADOW FLICKER,
  • PUBLIC SAFETY,
  • TANGIBLE BENEFITS   and
  • DECOMMISSIONING.

The easiest way to read the draft is to download the PDF copy by clicking here:
WindEnergyPreRulemakingDraft-1.pdf

If that doesn't work, you can follow this link:

http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=696084&an=1


If that link doesn't work, you'll have to navigate through the DEP website:

  1. Go to http://www.maine.gov/dep/
  2. Click on Rulemaking and Public Comment Opportunity in the menu on the left
  3. Click on Opportunity for Comment in the small box on the upper right.
  4. Click on Pre-Rulemaking Draft...
  5. Click on the link at the bottom of the page Wind Energy Pre-rulemaking Draft.

PLEASE, NO EXCUSES...
or forever hold your peace!

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Opportunity for Comment

Pre-rulemaking Draft of Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning

Comment deadline: August 8, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking comments on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act which are not otherwise addressed in current rules. This will be a new rule, and the Department would like the benefit of input from the many experts and interested parties with knowledge of these issues prior to issuing a formal draft and commencing the rulemaking process later this year.

The draft rule will be pursuant to the rulemaking authority established in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, and will address scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning. The draft rule will not address best practical mitigation measures, as this will be the subject of a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA § 3459.

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, August 8, 2016.

Please send comments in writing to Mark Margerum at:

Email: mark.t.margerum@maine.gov

Maine Department of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017

Phone: 207-287-7842
Fax: 207-287-7191

Wind Energy Pre Rulemaking Draft

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 7, 2016 at 7:46pm
8/7/2016
Mark Margerum Maine Department of Environmental Protection 17 State House Station Augusta, ME  04333-0017
Please accept this correspondence as comment by Alice McKay Barnett on the Department’s pre-rulemaking draft of Wind Energy Act Standards.
PUBLIC SAFETY 
In “5.A.  Public Safety”
Any complaint protocol "Hot Line" should be manned by Local Health Officer.
Local Health Officers in Maine
In 1885, Maine legislature authorized Maine municipalities to establish local Boards of Health, each headed by a Local Health Officer (LHO).
Every municipality/town is required by law to employ a Local Health Officer and LHOs are also responsible for adjoining area designated as unorganized.
Duties
Activities
• Health resource for community
• Report communicable diseases
• Problem solver to resolve complaints
• Examine nature of public complaints
• Investigate/Enforce complaints
• With consent, inspect and examine premises where filth and conditions pose a public health threat
• Enforce public health safety laws
• Keep record of complaints, investigation and resolution
Thank You
Alice McKay Barnett
1068 Dickvale Road
Peru, ME 04290
Comment by Long Islander on August 5, 2016 at 10:51am

Here are comments sent in from FMM which may spur ideas for your own comments:

http://files.constantcontact.com/fe02db8f001/6dd9b4d8-8b0c-4561-b29...

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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