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Wind energy firms could be sued easier under bill up for hearing

Cow with wind turbines, Dithmarschen By Dirk Ingo Franke (photo taken by Dirk Ingo Franke) [CC-BY-SA-2.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Cow with wind turbines, Dithmarschen By Dirk Ingo Franke (photo taken by Dirk Ingo Franke) [CC-BY-SA-2.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new bill up for a hearing next week could make it easier for Wisconsinites to sue energy developers of wind turbines for “physical and emotional harm”.

The bill is sponsored by De Pere State Senator Frank Lasse, a Republican and an outspoken opponent of wind energy.

Under the bill, people living within a mile-and-a-half of a wind turbine would be allowed to sue for reimbursement on medical expenses, relocation costs and drops in property value.

Researchers have long stated that property values for nearby wind farms are not impacted.

However, bill co-sponsor Glenn Grothman, a West Bend Republican, says his constituents have seen their property values, “go through the floor”.

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