Chowan, Apex still awaiting DEQ decision on wind farm
- Dec 4, 2022 12:35 am GMT
EDENTON - Chowan County officials are still awaiting word from state officials on whether final permits for the proposed Timbermill Wind project will be approved.
Timbermill Wind is a 45-turbine, 6,300-acre wind farm Apex Clean Energy proposes to build in eastern Chowan County, between Center Hill, Paradise and Virginia roads, and the Perquimans County line.
The most recent public hearing on Timbermill's permit application, held in August at
Local tax revenue generated by the wind farm could reach nearly
As part of the process to begin the wind farm's construction, final permitting is required by the
NCDEQ officials requested additional information about the project from Apex Clean Energy on
Apex officials say they complied with the agency's request on
"Timbermill Wind submitted its response to DEQ's request for additional information related to the application earlier this month," said Dahvi Wilson, vice president of public affairs at Apex. "The application is complete with the exception of the two approvals that the project will require to proceed."
The two approvals still needed are a Clean Water Act Section 404 Individual Permit and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification, granted by the
"Both the 404 permit application and 401 certification application are currently under review by the
However, a DEQ spokesperson told the
"This (response) is not a complete ADI (additional information) response so we are waiting on the full responses before the next steps," said
He said that under state law, DEMLR will have 30 days after receiving the additional information before either making a final decision on the permit or requesting Apex to supply more information.
The partial information submitted by Apex to NCDEQ's questions may address concerns raised about the wind project during the last public hearing - including landowner lease agreements, the pumping of groundwater for wind turbine bases, and impacts on avian wildlife, groundwater and soil, and underground utilities.
Chowan County Planning and Inspections Director
"The county is waiting on DEQ at this time," he said.
All of Apex's responses to NCDEQ's request for additional information can be found at the following web link: https://tinyurl.com/bdcp98ca.
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