VERMILION CO., IL. (ECWd) -
The Future of Wind Turbines:
Vermilion County Refuses to Accept Decommissioning Facts;
Assistant State's Attorney Calls it a "Roadblock to Development"
Wind Turbine Decommissioning is unveiled in Vermilion County, and the assistant state's attorney Bill Donahue has closed his eyes. The lack of foresight and unprofessional treatment is rampant. When a respected member and leader from an outside community takes the time to advise at no personal gain, our Vermilion county leaders do not bother to respond. It is also disgusting and unprofessional to see personal attacks in an official county FOIA response. When will the county stop taking the questionable advice of this assistant state’s attorney?
In summary, the scrap value and performance bond does not come close to covering wind energy project removal costs. In reality, these machines will most likely be left behind for farmers to take down at their own cost. Farmers are advised to save all of their wind farm lease income payments to cover for the failures of the Vermilion County board to protect their financial interests. The lesson here is that one (or two) leaders can be placed as a bulkhead to put the success of a wind energy company ahead of protecting the rural residents.
This begs the question:
Are the short term gains for a few people worth the long term consequences for the rest of the community?
The research and facts in the decommissioning study (linked in this article) needs to be followed for wind farm developments. Licensed Professional Engineers and engineering firms (like Burns & McDonnell) should never endorse things which have not been verified. All communities are advised to verify the information provided by wind energy developers.
Carefully read the response from Bill Donahue. Will his words withstand the test of time?
Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue's unprofessional FOIA Response:
Decommissioning paper from Boone County: