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A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that the town of Cape Vincent Planning Board “fully complied” with requirements of an environmental review for the 51-turbine St. Lawrence Wind farm project and has dismissed a legal action opposing its acceptance.
Wind Power Ethics Group filed a petition in October asking that a judge rule that the board violated the state Environmental Quality Review Act and conflict-of-interest laws by approving a final environmental impact statement for the project in September.
The group wanted the approval nullified, claiming, among other things, that the board failed to take the requisite “hard look” at the project's environmental impact and that board members who could potentially benefit from the project's construction, or have family who could, should have recused themselves from voting on the matter.
In a decision dismissing the challenge filed Thursday at the Jefferson County Clerk's office, Judge Hugh A. Gilbert wrote that voluminous records, accompanied by “persuasive and factual” legal arguments, “establishes to this Court that the requisite environmental SEQRA review was undertaken and completed.”

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