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DEEP signals potential roadblock for Candlewood Mountain solar project

There could be a hold on the proposed Candlewood Mountain solar project in New Milford.  A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection analyst, Dawn McKay, wrote in a Natural Diversity Data Base request that going ahead with the project would result in the destruction and adverse modification of essential habitat for a particular threatened species.  McKay says  the loss of this particular meta-population will risk the extirpation of this species in Connecticut.  But DEEP says the determination the project not move forward is actually a biological opinion in one area of consideration of a stormwater permit application that has yet to come before the agency.  The name of the species was redacted.  Ameresco says the project would provide up to 20 megawatts of power, over 100 jobs and $2.7 million in money from taxes.  the grassroots opposition group Rescue Candlewood Mountain, and the Town of New Milford, claims there would be serious adverse consequences of allowing this project to move forward.

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