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Vermont governor vetoes renewable energy bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed a bill designed to give local communities more say in the siting of wind and solar power projects.

Lawmakers are expected to return to Montpelier on Thursday to debate whether to override the governor’s veto.

The Democratic governor says he objects to what he says is the bill’s treatment of the health effects of sound from wind turbines as a public health emergency. He also says there are other problems with the bill, but that it can be fixed with some tweaking by the Legislature.

The legislation, Senate Bill 230, was one of the more hotly debated items in this year’s session. It comes against the backdrop of local citizens groups complaining about what they say is lax regulation of renewable energy.

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