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Congressmen Question FAA ruling on Cape Wind

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BOSTON (AP) — Two powerful congressmen asked the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday to answer whether it ruled that a Massachusetts offshore wind project wasn't a danger to airplanes because of political pressure.


In a letter to the FAA's Acting Administrator, U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa and John Mica referred to internal FAA documents, obtained by an opponent of the Cape Wind project, in which FAA employees repeatedly refer to the high-profile politics of the first-in-the-nation project.

One manager wrote in May 2010, "It would be very difficult politically to refuse approval of this project."

Issa and Mica wrote in their letter that it would be "most troubling" if politics trumped safety concerns when the FAA ruled on Cape Wind.

The FAA says it makes decisions based on safety and their approval of the project has since been overturned by an appeals court. 
Jake Sorgen, WAMC News