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PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO MANWEB'S 57 KENETECH TURBINE PROJECT

Plans for 57 American Kenetech wind turbines on Mynydd yr Hendre, in Powys, Wales, are to be decided by a public inquiry. Secretary of State for Wales, William Hague, called in the application by electricity utility Manweb just one day before Montgomeryshire District Council was to decide whether to vote in accordance with their planning officer's recommendation for approval. Manweb says it has not been told when the inquiry will take place or even on what grounds the Secretary of State decided to get involved. "We were surprised that he called it in and are now waiting to see what his reasons were," says Mark Blackie. Although no explanation has been given by the Welsh Office for ordering the inquiry, Hague had been under pressure from some opponents, including local Member of Parliament Alex Carlile, to determine the issue himself.

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