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Controversial offshore wind farm approved

In a groundbreaking decision that some say will usher in a new era of clean energy, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday he was approving the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod.

The qualified approval still requires Cape Wind to conduct additional marine archaeological surveys and take other steps to reduce the project's visual impact.

Authorization of the project to build 130 turbines that stand more than 400 feet above the ocean surface was not without its critics.

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