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Mass. Lawmakers Agree On Wind Energy Permits Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill designed to streamline the permitting process for new wind energy facilities.

Legislative leaders announced late Thursday that a conference panel had forged an agreement on legislation supporters say will help the state meet its renewable energy goals by making it easier for wind projects to secure state permits.

The compromise bill calls on communities with significant wind areas to create a local board to approve wind projects. Following local approval, projects would need state approval from the Energy Facilities Siting Board.

Opponents argue that the bill will take local control away from cities and towns.

Gov. Deval Patrick has said the bill is designed to reduce red tape, not local control.

This program aired on July 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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