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De Pere Senator Lasee wants to make it easier to sue wind energy companies


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A long-time critic of wind energy is drafting a bill to make it easier for Wisconsinites to sue for damages, if they can prove they’ve been harmed by wind turbines.

State Senate Republican Frank Lasee of De Pere wants to let residents sue for a variety of losses caused by industrial windmills close to their homes and property.

An aide to Lasee says wind energy providers could no longer be protected from lawsuits just by stating that their wind farms were created legally.

The senator is specifically trying to help neighbors of the Shirley Wind Farm near Glenmore in Brown County, where 50 residents have told the state’s Public Service Commission about health problems. The PSC said recent tests at the wind farm did not prove that low-level sounds from the turbines caused the neighbors’ health problems. But the commission ordered more tests.

Lasee’s staff says it’s working with three residents who claimed they were forced to move.

Last month, the PSC rejected a proposed new wind farm in St. Croix County, saying it would violate noise standards.