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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules, saying they're valid though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.

The court affirmed an appeals court's decision Tuesday.

The Public Service Commission in 2012 implemented the rules establishing uniform limits on sound levels and shadow flicker, minimum distances between homes and turbines and other construction standards.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association, the Wisconsin Builders Association and the Wisconsin Towns Association filed a lawsuit challenging the regulations in 2012. They argued that Wisconsin law requires the state to produce a report on rule proposals that would directly or substantially affect the housing industry.

An appeals court upheld the rules last year.

The Associations' attorney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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