The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and a number of Massachusetts residents have filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) in state court.
The lawsuit challenges CZM's Jan. 23 determination that Cape Wind's proposal to industrialize 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound is ‘consistent with CZM enforceable program policies.’ In issuing Cape Wind a consistency determination, CZM appears to be in direct violation of its mission ‘to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources,’ according to the alliance.
‘In its decision on Cape Wind's impacts, CZM has clearly violated the law and abandoned its own mission to protect our coastal environment,’ says Glenn G. Wattley, CEO and president of the alliance.
The group goes on to say that both CZM and Cape Wind are violating the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Act intended to prevent or minimize damage to the environment.
SOURCE: Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound