Dekortage writes "The U.S. Government's Bureau of Land Management, overwhelmed by applications for large-scale solar energy plants, has declared a two-year freeze on all new projects until it completes an extensive environmental impact study. The study will also produce "a single set of environmental criteria to weigh future solar proposals, which will ultimately speed the application process." The freeze means that current applications will continue to be processed — plants producing enough electricity for 20 million average American homes — but no new applications will be accepted until the study is complete. Solar power companies are worried that this will harm the industry just as it is poised for growth, while others see the temporary hold as a necessary step before the industry gets too big."
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