Decomissioning Concerns

Presently there is no requirement for decommissioning bonds to ensure the area is returned to its previous state at end of life. Higgins Mountain is already home to three dysfunctional wind turbines and  have not turned a blade in 3 years. Despite being non-conforming to municipal by-laws,  the tear down or decommission is yet to happen. Will the Higgins Mountain wind turbine consortium want taxpayers to shoulder the removal of these three defunct turbines? And what is the decommissioning plan for the newly proposed industrial wind turbine project?  The lifespan of industrial wind turbines is approximately 20 years.

 

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