JONES, COLLINS, AND FARENTHOLD INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MILITARY FACILITIES

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) joined Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Blake Farenthold (TX-27) to introduce legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations.

Congressmen Jones, Collins, and Farenthold introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines built within a 50-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for the Wind Production Tax Credit. A companion bill was introduced in the United States Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

“We must prioritize the safety of our service members and the operational integrity of our military installations,” said Congressman Walter B. Jones. “Taxpayers have made significant investments in our military facilities in order to provide for our national defense.  Those investments and that mission must take precedence.  I thank my colleagues, Congressmen Chris Collins and Blake Farenthold, for their work on this important issue.”

“I cannot condone any activity which puts the operations of our military installations at risk,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Massive wind turbines built in such close proximity to military installations, such as the ones being proposed in Western New York, can negatively impact a base’s daily operations and future viability. This legislation introduces a commonsense solution to protect the vital operations of our country’s military installations.”

“Wind turbines can put our service members in unnecessarily dangerous flying environments,” said Congressman Blake Farenthold. “Military aviators need to focus on flying, not worry about radar failing to pick up other planes. Without this legislation, communities could see a negative impact when military bases are no longer able to carry out their missions.”

The full bill is attached.

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