Governor Martin O'Malley has vetoed a bill that would have created a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base.
The bill would have delayed construction on wind turbines to wait for a study on how they could affect radar use around the base.
In a veto letter sent to House Speaker Michael Busch, O'Malley said that he is committed to protecting the jobs at Pax River, but he says "there are meaningful safeguards in place that render the bill unnecessary."
He adds that the real threat to Pax River, is "not an array of wind turbines on the lower Eastern Shore...but it's rising sea levels due to climate change."