SECTION 1. This Act shall be entitled the “The Broadcasting Industry Protection Act”, and shall be construed in a manner to achieve its public purpose, which is to ensure that renewable energy generation facilities do not interfere with transmissions from a telecommunications or radio structure.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, by December 31, 2013, the department of public utilities shall conduct a public hearing and perform a study to evaluate the economic consequences to the broadcasting industry of the transmission obstruction and interference created by the development of a wind turbine within 2000 feet of a radio or telecommunications structure. The department of public utilities shall develop and issue, by March first of 2014, a report which shall detail the level of interference caused by a wind turbine within 2000 feet of a radio or telecommunications structure. The department may include in such report recommendations to address any identified electronic interfere issues caused by a wind turbine. The department is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. The department is hereby further authorized and directed to determine whether any rules and regulations shall be promulgated with regard energy facility siting board approvals in order to carry out the provisions of this section
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, beginning January 1, 2014, local permits for the development of a wind electric generation facility shall not be issued in the Commonwealth without an affirmation of the permit applicant that said wind electric generation facility does not interfere or cause electric interference upon a radio or telecommunications structure.
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