Nuclear Weapons Testing Concerns Halt 1 Gigawatt of Wind Power in UK

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Time to time military objections to wind power projects seem to pop up, but here's one with some seriously big impact: The Guardian reports that the UK Ministry of Defence is blocking plans for a total of 1 gigawatt of wind power in north-west England and south-west Scotland because the seismic noise from the wind turbines will prevent detection of nuclear weapons testing around the world. A listening station near Lockerbie monitors the globe for nations conducting nuclear testing occurring in violation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

The MoD objection is sidelining the equivalent of one quarter the UK's current onshore wind power capacity.

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