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Thu May 8, 2014
Deepwater Wind Secures First Major Permit Approvals From RIDEM
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has granted Deepwater Wind its first set of major permit approvals for the Block Island Wind Farm. This marks a significant milestone for the project.
The DEM has deemed the wind farm and underwater transmission cable in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations. So it issued the company Water Quality Certificates. The DEM also issued a Freshwater Wetland permit for certain onshore construction activities.
The DEM water quality certificate includes a number of stipulations, including provisions to protect marine species, ensure compliance with environmental and safety standards, and require appropriate methods to install the buried transmission cable.
Deepwater Wind expects to secure remaining permit approvals by spring from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the federal Army Corps of Engineers.
All of the permit applications have undergone extensive review and public comments.