New Solar Energy Applications Will Continue to Be Accepted by BLM
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BLM Reverses Policy
In a reversal of previously stated policy regarding its moratorium on solar energy project applications, the Bureau of Land Management has announced that it will continue to accept applications for new solar projects on public lands, and process these along with the 125 already submitted, pending the completion of the programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
BLM director James Caswell:
We heard the concerns expressed during the scoping period about waiting to consider new applications and we are taking action. By continuing to accept and process new applications for solar energy projects, we will aggressively help meet growing interest in renewable energy source, while ensuring environmental protections.
Given the enthusiasm with which Treehugger readers have responded to this issue, let me point out that you can still voice your concerns to the BLM through their online comment form. Nothing like public (and industry) outcry actually working to changing government policy.