EASTON, Md. (AP) — A wind and solar power project proposed for a Talbot County wastewater treatment plant has been canceled by the county council.

Council members said at Tuesday’s meeting that the expected electricity savings of $13,000 to $15,000 was not enough to justify the $200,000 the county would have had to pay for the $600,000 project, which was to be paid for primarily with state funding.

Residents also expressed concerns about potential harm to migratory birds from turbine blades, the risk a blade could break off and strike a nearby school and the aesthetics of the turbine tower.

The Star-Democrat of Easton reported that Councilman Dirck Bartlett also questioned the space required for the project and whether it would leave room for future expansion of the plant.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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