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White House, state governors sign MOU for offshore wind projects

The Obama Administration and governors of the Great Lakes States announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the coordination and speed of review for potential offshore wind projects.

On March 30, 2012, President Barack Obama and the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania signed the agreement to streamline development of wind turbines in the Great Lakes.

"President Obama is focused on leveraging American energy sources," said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "This agreement among Federal agencies and Great Lakes states is a smart, practical way to encourage the development of homegrown energy that will create jobs, power homes, and help increase our nation’s energy security."

The MOU will increase collaboration between federal and state agencies to create an action plan to set priorities and identify steps for achieving efficient and responsible evaluation of potential wind power projects in the region.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified several hazards found in the wind energy industry and controls to keep workers safe. These include falls, confined spaces, lockout/tagout, medical and first aid, and machine guarding. Keep workers safe by implementing workplace hazard controls and providing the appropriate OSHA-mandated safety products