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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Section 401 water quality certificate of approval to Icebreaker Windpower Inc., confirming that Icebreaker complies with federal standards relating to water pollution.
The Ohio EPA has been delegated the authority to administer and enforce the federal Clean Water Act. The Ohio EPA issues water quality certificates when it finds that a project will not impair water quality within the State. The six-turbine Icebreaker project – to be located eight miles off of the coast of downtown Cleveland – must earn approvals and/or permits from 14 local, state and federal agencies. Earlier this month the project earned conditional approval from the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board. LEEDCo is continuing to work toward gaining the remaining approvals it needs. Icebreaker would be the first fresh water wind energy installation in North America. Construction could start by 2021.
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