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.

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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.

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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.

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