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UP Wind Project Opponents Will Get Referendum on Ballot

FILE - Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Baraga County, Mich., have submitted enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue. FILE - Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Baraga County, Mich., have submitted enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: December 14, 2018 10:53 AM

L'ANSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Opponents of a wind-energy project in the Upper Peninsula have submitted enough petition signatures to qualify for a referendum.

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But a key issue is unsettled: when to hold the vote in L'Anse Township in Baraga County.

The township board says a special election in May would cost about $3,000. The next regular election might not come until fall 2020.

Township Clerk Brian Jentoft says he verified 410 signatures for a referendum that could overturn zoning changes for dozens of wind turbines. The area has some of the highest elevation in Michigan. Zoning changes to accommodate the project were approved by township officials.

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Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette

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