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Letter: Support closing solar loopholes

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

On Tuesday, the Gloucester Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. in the Old Courthouse. On the agenda will be a zoning ordinance amendment which will close many loopholes that out-of-state solar corporations have been using to inappropriately situate industrial scale facilities next to our homes, schools and on wetlands.

Big solar is desperate to keep the loopholes in place in order to use areas which were never meant for large-scale industrialization. Euphemisms like “solar gardens” for solar industrial sites paper over the toxicity of solar panels, heat islands, cyber insecurity (inverters are online), bird endangerment, etc.

In other areas of the country, many industrial solar projects are more recently being placed on brownfields which are already designated for toxic abatement. The majority of solar panel materials are not recyclable, ending up in dumps here or overseas.

Please support the upcoming amendment to the zoning o...

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