Maine DEP Rejects First Wind Farm Project 

For the first time, the Department of Environmental Project has denied a plan to build a commercial wind farm in Maine. Commissioner Patricia Aho Friday rejected the 14-turbine project for Passadumkeag Mountain. DEP staff recommended it be turned down last week, saying it would disrupt a a “one-of-a-kind view” from Saponac Pond. The group Passadumkeag Mountain Friends, which had fought the project, applauded the commissioner’s decision. The Texas-based company behind the project can appeal the decision to the Board of Environmental Protection or the state Supreme Court. It can also be resubmitted, but a DEP spokesperson says the plan would have to be significantly changed first.