Tribe-Backed Wind Farm Hits Snag Over GSA Enviro Review

By Lance Duroni (May 8, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT) -- A proposed Illinois wind farm backed by a California tribe ran into a potential roadblock on Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that its pivotal contract with the U.S. General Services Administration wasn't exempt from a federal review of environmental impacts.

Siding with property owners who sued claiming the 123-turbine Walnut Ridge Wind Farm is a blight on the area in northwestern Illinois, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm rejected the GSA's argument that its contract to purchase power from the project qualified for an exclusion from the National Environmental Policy Act. 

The finding marks another setback for the long-delayed project...

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