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“This [the February ruling] has a huge bearing on the Cape Wind Project” and makes the chance it will ever happen “low,” said Audra Parker, executive director of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, which was formed in 2002 to fight the wind farm, owing to its location.

Mr. Rodgers said he is not so sure the fight is over. He said the Cape Wind Project is in “active negotiations with the FAA” and thinks it will be able to solve the interference issue with the radar system on Cape Cod.

However, Cape Wind is concerned that Mr. Babbitt’s previous work could prevent the project from obtaining the permit it needs.

“We would hope and expect him to recuse himself at FAA on any matter concerning Cape Wind, given his fairly recent and paid consulting work for the opposition group,” Mr. Rodgers said.