Cornyn Measure to Protect Military Airspace from Radar Interference Caused by Wind Turbines Passes Senate

In: All News   Posted 09/19/2017

Will Ensure Safe and Effective Training for Military Pilots

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after a bill he authored to provide pilot safety and protect military operations at airfields from electromagnetic radar interference caused by nearby wind turbines, the Defense Siting Clearinghouse Improvement Act of 2017, passed the Senate as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):  

“It’s in our national security interest to give America’s military pilots every advantage as they train to fly and defend our nation,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “After working with military leaders, pilots, and community leaders, I am glad the Senate supported this compromise proposal that prioritizes the safety of our military while preserving the ability of non-interfering wind farms to operate nearby.”

Sen. Cornyn has visited with military leaders, pilots, and community leaders at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls and Kingsville Naval Air Station to discuss this issue.

Crafted with input from military leaders and pilots in Texas, Sen. Cornyn’s provision would authorize an evaluation by the Department of Defense (DOD) Clearinghouse earlier in the process of the construction of wind turbines near military airfields so that DOD is in direct communication with the builder early on.  This would allow DOD and the builder to discuss potential concerns and mitigate risk for both sides before they break ground.