Afsluitdijk 300 MW plans still on

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Plans for the 300 MW Inter Provincial Windpark Afsluitdijk (IPWA) still have the full backing of the government. This was the message to emerge from a mid-June meeting between regional authorities, the economy minister Annemarie Jorritsma, and agriculture and environment minister Geke Feber. The reassurance follows reports that government backing for the project had weakened (Windpower Monthly, June 2000) in the face of potential planning problems. The wind plant is slated for the environmentally sensitive waters of the IJsselmeer along the 32 kilometre sea dike connecting Friesland and Noord Holland. The reassurances from ministers were described as "satisfactory" by the provincial deputies Ada Wildekamp and Sicko Heldoorn who had called for a meeting to clear the air before beginning an environmental impact report and an examination of whether the plans comply with international environmental regulations, says Krijn van Rijn of the Noord Holland regional authority.

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