Sen. Brown calls for federal investigation of Cape Wind project

Cape Wind has come under increased scrutiny following the release of an FAA PowerPoint that noted the pressure to approve it.

“It would be very difficult politically to refuse approval of this project,” said the May 2010 presentation from the FAA to the agency’s Eastern Service Area directors.

The Herald also obtained leaked emails from the FAA that raised safety concerns with Cape Wind. One email expressed fear that some of the turbines would disrupt radar communications and cause an accident.

Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns (Fla.), who has led the House GOP’s probe of Solyndra, said he intends to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of Cape Wind.

“As with Solyndra and other projects, emails and other documents show that for political reasons the White House pressured a federal agency to approve an energy project,” Stearns said last week in a statement. 

The FAA “approved the controversial Cape Wind project under White House pressure without giving adequate attention to the risk Cape Wind would pose to small aircraft operating in the area,” Stearns said.

The White House has rejected the calls for an investigation.

This post was updated at 11:49 a.m.