San Miguel County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a wind energy ordinance governing the development of wind farms in the county despite concerns that such projects would create noise pollution and hurt the quality of life for residents who live near them.
Among the top criticisms of the ordinance was the half-mile setback, the requirement that wind turbines be at least half a mile away from any occupied house, commercial building, hospital, school or church. A county task force had previously recommended a three-mile setback.
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