E. Ore. commissioners OK wind project

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Rejecting a challenge from environmentalists, the Umatilla County commissioners have approved a 99-megawatt wind farm in northeastern Oregon.

The project is proposed by a subsidiary of a German company. It would have 33 turbines.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/rGtwbF ) the commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to allow the project to go ahead.

Environmentalists argued that more restrictive rules the commission adopted in June should apply to the project. But the county attorney says the company submitted an application in February, so older rules apply.

The proposed site is between Milton-Freewater and Athena.

County officials say the project can't start, though, until the company has a power line to move energy to the regional grid, and the county planning commission has rejected the company's proposed route.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info