BALTIMORE (AP) — Environment Maryland says more than 215 groups have written to the Obama administration supporting development of offshore wind power.

Environment Maryland says the groups represent environmental, conservation, clean energy and business interests.

The letter says the groups are encouraged by actions taken so far by the administration and federal leadership is needed to move away from fossil fuels that threaten the environment, public health and national security.

The letter asks the administration to support federal investment in offshore wind until the industry is established.

The Department of the Interior launched a wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Coast in 2010 to aid siting, leasing and construction. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced in February that an environmental impact review found no significant problems along the mid-Atlantic coast.

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


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