Coastal agency approves Cape Wind plan

Cape Wind Associates LLC has received another important state approval in its bid to build the country's first offshore wind farm.

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management issued two determinations Friday that the proposal to build 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound is consistent with its policies.  The findings by the agency responsible for balancing the impact of human activities with protection of the state's coastal and marine resources came exactly a week after the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a crucial environmental report that found few negative impacts from the project.

The Coastal Zone Management Act allows states to have input on activities by the federal government — in this case a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and a possible MMS lease for Cape Wind — that could affect the state's coastal areas.Click here to read this article in the Cape Cod Times