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Irish court says Waterford wind turbines breach EU directive - report

Wind turbines in Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

December 11 (Renewables Now) - The High Court of Ireland has found that nine wind turbines in Waterford, operated by Barranafaddock Sustainability Electricity, do not comply with an EU directive on environmental impact assessments, the Irish Times reported last week.

Judge Garrett Simons has ordered the company to put the turbines into "standby" mode from Monday, while giving it an opportunity to change the planning status of the turbines to bring them in line with EU law.

According to Simons, the actual size of the wind turbines did not correspond to the dimensions included in a planning permission from 2011. The developer should have applied for permission to change the diameter of the rotor blades, but instead it relied on an agreement it claimed to have with the local council, the judge was cited as saying.

The wind turbine operator can appeal the decision before the Court of Appeal.

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