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Responsible projects; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

* SIR - I read with interest the letter on August 7 from Brett Kibble suggesting that wind turbine works will cause flash floods. This could really not be further from the truth.

Every wind farm project has to do a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to examine the impact the development will have on the environment as part of its planning application. Developers must also outline what steps they would take to avoid any negative impacts. These assessments are rigorously checked by public bodies responsible for protecting the environment and flood protection.

As an industry, we are committed to using sensitive construction techniques and these, in conjunction with habitat management plans, may even actually help to reduce further flood events by slowing down the rate of run-off and recreating the active peatland "sponge" in the uplands that intensive agriculture and forestry degraded in the 1970s and '80s.

We only need to look at the proposal from RWE npower renewables for its Carnedd Wen wind farm, which includes the restoration of 400 hectares of peatland or Vattenfall's Habit Management Plan for Pen Y Cymoedd that proposes active bog restoration, dry heath and native woodland across the bulk of the wind farm area of about 1,500 hectares, to see the very real benefits to local environmental quality that can result from responsible development.

SARA POWELL-DAVIES Communications manager, RenewableUK Cymru
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 14, 2012
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