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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown yesterday joined the growing chorus of critics calling for a federal probe into Cape Wind, saying officials have been aware of safety concerns “forever” and raising questions about whether the hotly debated Nantucket Sound project was born from “backroom deals.”
“If there’s any inference of any backroom deals ... there should be an independent investigation to verify if those things are true,” Brown told the Herald, brushing off Obama administration claims that a probe would be too costly.
“Sometimes you have to focus on the solution and getting the answers,” Brown said. “And if there is a cost associated with that, and if there’s been wrongdoing, we need to find out and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Cape Wind has come under renewed fire after opponents produced Federal Aviation Administration emails showing the agency felt political pressure to approve the project despite concerns that more than 100 offshore 440-foot-tall wind turbines would interfere with radar communications and could ensnare small, low-flying planes.
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), who investigated the failed solar energy company Solyndra, last month said he wants to launch a similar probe into Cape Wind, igniting a sharp response from White House officials who accused him of wasting $1 million probing the California firm.
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