Opponents of Cape Wind have filed an appeal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent permit for emissions during the project's construction, saying the permit should be redone.
The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah filed the appeal saying the air permit was based on earlier plans by Cape Wind to stage the project in Rhode Island. The company ultimately decided on New Bedford.
A spokesman for the EPA said they do not comment on pending litigation.
“The initial Air Permit was issued based on Cape Wind’s record that stated the construction staging area would be located in Quonset, Rhode Island, not New Bedford, Massachusetts,” said Audra Parker, president and CEO of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. “Now that the staging area has been moved to New Bedford, the EPA needs to conduct a new analysis.”
Mark Rodgers, a spokesman for Cape Wind said in a statement “This is just another frivolous appeal by an opposition group that is funded by fossil fuel interests to try to delay the new jobs, cleaner air and greater energy independence that Cape Wind will bring.”
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