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  • Flight safety concerns at the city airport may blow one of Canada’s largest planned wind farms out of the Hamilton area.

    Niagara Region Wind Corp. won a provincial green energy contract in February for a 230-megawatt wind farm. The $550-million, 80-turbine project is centred in West Lincoln, but the Oakville-based company has amassed contract options on properties extending towards Glanbrook, Haldimand, Wainfleet and Pelham.

    The massive wind project is opposed by a vocal association of residents in West Lincoln and rural Hamilton who don’t want 150-metre-high turbines sprouting in their back yard.

    They appear to have an unlikely ally: Nav Canada.

    A March letter from the operator of Canada’s civil air navigation service, obtained by The Spectator, outlines flight safety concerns related to how Niagara Region Wind turbines might affect the use of radar at Hamilton airport.

    “Due to the nature and significance of the negative impact on our capabilities and services, Nav Canada objects to this project moving forward,” the letter reads.