U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin says firm rules are needed to ensure that a wind farm under development on the Eastern Shore doesn't interfere with fighter jet testing at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.My inside source claims that the problem could be solved at the wind power stations by painting the blades with radar absorbent paint, part of the system used to produce stealth planes. Of course, then planes might not be able to see the wind turbines on radar, increasing the danger to air traffic.
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He says the 25-turbine Great Bay wind power project planned by Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy in Somerset County remains a concern. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a bill last month that would have placed a 13-month moratorium on construction.
Opponents say the spinning blades could compromise radar that tests the stealth capabilities of fighter jets. The developer has offered to turn off the turbines during test flights.
Wind turbine? I don't see any wind turbines.
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