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UPDATE: Hundreds jam hearing on Wisconsin wind energy rules

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MADISON (AP) -- Hundreds have packed a legislative hearing on how far energy-generating wind turbines should be located from property lines.

Statewide construction standards for turbines are set to go into effect March 1. But Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans have raised concerns that the regulations would allow turbines to be built too close to a neighbor's property.

Walker proposed a bill with larger setbacks but lawmakers decided not to consider it after critics said the measure would hurt the wind industry. GOP lawmakers instead have chosen to approach the issue through the rule-making process.

Republicans on the rule committee told state regulators they're worried the rules allow turbines to be built so close to property lines neighbors could get hurt.

The committee wasn't expected to take any action on Wednesday.

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MADISON (AP) -- The public is getting another chance to comment on how far energy-generating wind turbines must be located from nearby homes.

A special legislative committee that is looking at changing the current rule is holding a hearing on the issue Wednesday.

The hearing comes after the Republican-controlled Legislature decided against taking up a bill that would have mandated the distance be increased. Gov. Scott Walker pushed for the bill but lawmakers decided not to take it up after numerous concerns were raised over the negative impact it would have on the wind turbine industry.

Instead of passing a bill, the Legislature is now starting the process of instead changing the Public Service Commission rule.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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