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Associated Press, Published June 17 2010

ND regulators to discuss Air Force worries about wind tower development

BISMARCK (AP) — Officials at the Grand Forks Air Force Base say nearby wind tower development could interfere with the base's radar operations.

North Dakota's Public Service Commission is meeting with Air Force officials next week to talk about the concerns.

Commissioner Tony Clark says the whirling blades of wind towers can interfere with radar signals.

But Clark says air bases elsewhere in the United States have been able to have wind towers nearby. He says the concerns haven't stopped wind development near the Minot Air Force Base.

The meeting is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Forks County office building.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.