FAA rules Cape Wind project poses no hazard to planes
The proposed 130-turbine wind farm off Cape Cod will not pose any hazard to planes, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled this afternoon, clearing what is likely one of the final regulatory obstacles for the project.
“The FAA completed an aeronautical study and has determined that the proposed construction of the 130 wind turbines, individually and as a group, has no effect on aeronautical operations,’’ the agency said in a statement.
The determination is the latest in a series of rulings the FAA has made on the controversial project in Nantucket Sound. In 2011, a federal appeals court overturned the last no-hazard determination.
“It’s unfortunate the FAA once again ignored very real safety concerns and ignored the previous court decision to revoke Cape Wind’s aviation safety permit,” said Audra Parker of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.
“Cape Wind is once again pleased to have received FAA approval,’’ said Mark Rodgers, a spokesman for Cape Wind. “This is the fourth determination of no hazard during the FAA’s 10-year review of Cape Wind, which began in the Bush administration.”
The FAA makes obstruction evaluations based on safety considerations and the available solutions to mitigate potential risks.