E. Ore. county approves wind power project rules

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- After more than two years of work, Umatilla County has a new set of rules on wind power projects.

The East Oregonian reports that county commissioners voted Tuesday to keep at least two miles between a wind turbine and a city and limit the distance from a road.

Umatilla County will also require a two-mile setback from rural homes.

Commissioner Dennis Doherty said the Blue Mountain Alliance submitted 3,400 signatures in support of the two-mile setback from homes, showing strong support in Umatilla County for the restriction.

Critics -- including attorneys representing wind companies -- complained there wasn't enough evidence to support that rule but Doherty said the decision was policy matter.

Commissioners also approved setting aside land east of Highway 11 to protect the Walla Walla River basin.

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