House committee strips energy moratorium from budget

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A House committee on Thursday removed a budget amendment that would have blocked environmental permitting for energy projects until 2025 and could have affected efforts to secure a $1.2 billion federal grant for a regional hydrogen hub.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 13-8 to reject a proposal ordering a broad study of the health and environmental effects of wind turbines, power transmission lines, solar panels and so-called "hydrogen hubs."

The amendment allocated $400,000 for the study and barred the state health department . . .


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