Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Small Renewable Wind Energy Projects Permit by Rule [9 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
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5/29/23  11:16 pm
Commenter: Alan Brown

Repeal the PBR regulation for Small Renewable Wind Energy Projects

Streamlined PBR regulations may be a good fit for wind energy corporations but they are a bad and catastrophic fit for for citizens, communities, governmental entities and the environment.

Permitting wind turbine projects faster is the wrong answer.

The PBR regulation process of simply granting approval if required documents are submitted without any evaluation of validity and accuracy is wrong.  The simplistic procedure of a wind energy company checking the right boxes is a wrong way for a PBR to be granted when so much is at stake.

The PBR regulation process creates a public health and safety risk with failure to protect citizens from dB sound, infra-sound, and fire and contamination hazards.

The PBR regulation process fails to protect adjoining counties and government entities that must have a defined voice in the permitting process approval or denial.

The PBR regulation process fails to protect conserved land and fails to protect citizens from reduction in property values.

The PBR regulation process should not be a streamlined rubber-stamped pathway for corporations to build large scale industrial wind turbines in fragile non-renewable mountain ridge lines. 

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