[ RadSafe ] Offshore wind project FAA approval revoked -Possible hazard to aviation in Nantucket Sound

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue Nov 1 12:51:13 CDT 2011

Not bad, but it doesn't really follow the true limerick form (I am a
poet; so sue me)

How about:

A planned for wind farm near Nantucket
Risked the view of a rich tourist's junket
So a judge stepped on in
Said, "give safety a spin"
"To test the idea, then I'll flunk it."

Though this doesn't really follow the spirit of the limerick, "The good
ones are usually dirty; the clean ones are seldom funny."

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Stewart Farber
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 10:01 AM
To: 'The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Offshore wind project FAA approval revoked
-Possible hazard to aviation in Nantucket Sound

Hello all,


It's not just nuclear plants that face adverse regulatory decisions. A
Federal Appeals court rules that FAA "Determination of No Hazard" for
Billion [that $2.6 Giga for our English members who like to say Giga- ]
MW[e] peak generation off-shore wind turbine project, "arbitrarily and
capriciously failed to calculate the dangers posed to local aviation".
article at link below, or the text from the link copied under my
from Power Engineering:




Many people in Massachusetts may have second thoughts about shutting
Pilgrim Nuclear Station with its 685 MW[e] output generation at recent
capacity factor.


A Limerick  perhaps?:


"There once was a proposed wind farm off Nantucket

But, a judge said safety standards weren't  met 

So the permits were yanked

Cape Wind Developers/National Grid got spanked

So the developers finally gave up and said  f. it"



Stewart Farber, MSPH

email: SAFarber at optonline.net






Power Engineering News

Oct 31, 2011 



A federal appeals court revoked the Federal Aviation Administration's
determination Oct. 27 that the planned $2.6 billion, 468 MW Cape Wind
project would not present a flight hazard in Nantucket Sound. The
court remanded the issue back to the agency for review.


Organizations and area tribes petitioned the court for review, saying
the FAA violated its governing statute, misread its own regulations and
arbitrarily and capriciously failed to calculate the dangers posed to
aviation, news reports said. The FAA's review could reportedly take up
two years.


Mark Rodgers, communications director with Cape Wind, said in a
that the ruling should not push back any project schedules.


"The essence of today's court ruling is that the FAA needs to better
its Determination of No Hazard," Rodgers said. "We are confident that
the FAA does this, that their decision will stand and we do not foresee
impact on the project's schedule in moving forward."


Rodgers also said in the statement that the Determination of No Hazard
set to expire in 90 days and Cape Wind would have had to reapply anyway.


In May 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy denied a $2 billion loan
guarantee for the project. The Massachusetts Department of Public
approved a power purchase agreement in 2010 for National Grid to
half of the output from Cape Wind, but project owners have not secured a
buyer for the remaining output.



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