US Solar Moratorium Canceled

Wed, 2008-07-02 16:23Emily Murgatroyd
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US Solar Moratorium Canceled

The US government has backtracked on the moratorium on new solar powered projects it announced less than 2 weeks ago.

In a news release today, the Bureau of Land Management announced that:

In response to public interest in solar energy development, it plans to continue accepting applications for future potential solar development on the public lands. The BLM will process these applications, while continuing to identify issues during public scoping currently underway for the programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

“We heard the concerns expressed during the scoping period about waiting to consider new applications,” said BLM Director James Caswell, “and we are taking action. By continuing to accept and process new applications for solar energy projects, we will aggressively help meet growing interest in renewable energy sources, while ensuring environmental protections.”
 
Thanks to Sierra Club for the heads up on Bush Administration reversing the solar moratorium decision.  
 

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Good news! The Bureau of Land Management reversed its decision to place a moratorium on further permitting and construction of Solar Photovoltaic farms on federal lands. It was reported in today’s New York Times. http://climateprogress.org/2008/07/03/bush-blm-flip-flops-back-to-sanity/

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