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Plans for R.I. Offshore Wind Farm Near Next Step

Feb 6, 2013
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(The Day)

Deepwater Wind is just five days away from another milestone in its plan to erect the nation's first offshore wind energy project 3 miles from the southeast shore of Block Island.

On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close its public comment period for the $300 million project and begin considering the pros and cons raised in the 80-plus letters received, said Michael Elliott, project manager for the corps.

Deepwater Wind officials, who declined to comment this week, will be given a chance to respond to any concerns raised, Elliott said.

In October, Deepwater Wind applied to the corps and other government agencies for key permits for the project. One of those other agencies, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, received about 75 comments by its Feb. 4 deadline, said Laura Dwyer, spokeswoman for the agency.