In Other News: Bill Restricting Wind Farm Subsidies Advances in N.Y. Assembly; Army Knew about Problems with Ft. Jackson Dam since 1979

In Other News: Bill Restricting Wind Farm Subsidies Advances in N.Y. Assembly; Army Knew about Problems with Ft. Jackson Dam since 1979

A measure prohibiting the state of New York from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could interfere with the air traffic control radar and Doppler weather radar used by Fort Drum is headed to the Assembly floor after the chamber’s energy committee approved it last week. Assemblywoman Addie Jenne (D), the sponsor of A09053A, said the restriction on wind farms located “within the Fort Drum radar zone” is needed to protect the post’s operations from potential impacts of about 10 proposed wind projects, reported WWNYTV. … The Army was aware of problems with an earthen dam on Fort Jackson, S.C., since 1979 but failed to address them prior to an October 2015 storm that produced record rainfall and breached the dam, killing two people and causing millions of dollars of damage to downstream neighborhoods and businesses, according to Army Corps of Engineers documents obtained by the State. Engineers concluded the dam’s spillway did not have sufficient capacity to release enough water to relieve pressure on the dam in an emergency. In addition, a 2013 inspection found that structural changes to the spillway blocked some water from coming down the spillway, increasing the chances the dam would fail.

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