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South Fork Wind Farm Gets EPA Approval

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The Environmental Protection Agency approved a Clean Air Act, Outer Continental Shelf air quality permit for South Fork Wind, one more step in advancing the coastal wind farm.

The permit consists of pollution control requirements for the construction and operation of the 130-megawatt wind farm. The installation will be in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf, southeast of Block Island, R.I.

“Finalizing the Clean Air Act, Outer Continental Shelf air quality permit for the South Fork wind farm means that this renewable energy project will move forward in a way that meets Clean Air Act requirements for both construction and operation,” EPA New England acting regional administrator Deb Szaro said in a statement. “Upon completion, this windfarm will contribute 130 MW of clean energy to the grid.”

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The South Fork project will contribute to the Biden-Harris Administration's goal of generating 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030.

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the energy-generating potential of the wind farm will power up to 70,000 homes and businesses and will create an estimated 340 jobs.

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