Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has approved a controversial plan to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the Cape Cod Times reports.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has approved a controversial plan to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the Cape Cod Times reports.

Water_Wind_TurbinesThe decision to build the 130 wind turbines has followed almost a decade of reviews, challenges and appeals at the local, state and federal level.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose Hyannisport family compound is on Nantucket Sound, fought Cape Wind and termed it a special-interest giveaway that would mar a pristine landscape, the newspaper says.

Several Native American tribes also opposed the project.

The Aquinnah tribe and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe argued that the 440-foot-tall wind turbines would interfere with important sunrise ceremonies and disturb ancient burial grounds in once-dry land beneath the Sound.

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Source: USA Today