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Winds of Change

posted on May 26, 2006

A prospective Illinois wind farm could soon be blown away by local residents. An Ellsworth family has filed a lawsuit to block the construction of a 500 million-dollar wind farm in central Illinois.

Lawrence and Rene Taylor live near the future Twin Groves Wind Farm and say potential dangers of the project were ignored by project planners. They are asking for an assessment that could delay or ban its construction all together. Their attorney argues that the moving shadows from roughly 275 turbines could make nearby residents nauseous.

Horizon Wind Energy received a permit to build the farm that experts say will generate electricity for 120-thousand homes. Chief Development Officer Michael Skelly says the company has conducted numerous noise assessment and safety studies.

The McLean County Board unanimously approved a permit in September for the wind farm's construction.

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