A 104-turbine wind farm covering 22,000 acres in North Carolina does not interfere with the Navy’s relocatable over-the-horizon radar located in southeastern Virginia but the developer’s original plan to expand it could affect the radar system, according to a new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study essentially validates the model MIT developed before Avangrid Renewables began construction; the project was completed in February 2017. The nearest turbines are 12 miles from the radar at Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex in Chesapeake which monitors more than 10 million square miles of airspace, reports the Virginian-Pilot. … The state of New York last month sued 3M and five other manufacturers of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) used by firefighters to recover the cost of cleaning up groundwater contamination and damages to natural resources at four active and closed military airfields. The lawsuit claims the companies knew or should have known that their products containing PFOA and/or PFOS could threaten public health and the environment when used as intended, according to a news release. State agencies have spent more than $38 million to date to investigate and clean up contamination resulting from the use of AFFF at the four sites — Stewart Air National Guard Base/Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Southampton, former Plattsburgh AFB in Plattsburgh and former Griffiss AFB in Rome.
Virginian-Pilot photo by Vicki Cronis-Nohe