Zotos seeks wetlands permit to bury power lines

Geneva’s Zotos International is applying for a freshwater wetlands permit so it can relocate two power lines outside of the potential “fall zone” of its two wind turbines.A dispute over the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. power lines near Zotos’ 300 Forge Ave. plant has delayed operation of the wind turbines. Zotos broke ground on construction Sept. 24, 2010, and work began Jan. 18 on the $7 million project. Installation of the two, 356- foot-high turbines was completedin February, with plans calling for them to produce enough electricity to meet most of the plant’s needs. But the turbine’s huge blades have remained still whilethe utility and Zotos debate the proximity of the windmills to the power lines.According to the Finger Lakes Times, NYSEG’s concern is that if the windmills fall, they could be close enough to bring down the power lines. Zotos is proposing to bury approximately 1,360 feet of existing overhead transmission lines along the railroad within thestate-regulated wetland. Also, about 1,743 feet of existing single circuit line will be relocated primarily east of the railroad track, crossing back over the railroad just north of the safety fall zone.The relocation of the two lineswill cause permanent impact to an estimated 142 square feet of wetland and about 2.02 acres of wetland vegetative areas.The state Department o Environmental Conservationwill require Zotos to create compensatory wetlands for the proposed wetland impacts. Zotos has prepared a stormwater pollution prevention plan and operation ofequipment within the wetlandswill be done on timber mats.Documents related to the project are available for inspection during normal business hours atthe DEC Region 8 office, 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road, Avon. It is recommended that an appointmentbe made with Thomas P. Haley at (585) 226-2466 to review the documents. DEC officials said the projectwill not have a significant impact on the environment or registered or eligible archeological sites or historic structures.Comment during the public comment period on the project must be submitted in writing to Haley. The deadline to submit comments is Sept. 29.

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