Small Virginia town poised to host nations’s 2nd biggest solar farm

Is a small, rural Virginia town poised to take a lead position in a U.S. move toward increased reliance on solar power and bring the troubled 70-year story of what was the nations largest environmental disaster Superfund site to a happy and green ending? On March 26, the Front Royal-Warren County, VA Economic Development unanimously approved the terms of a lease and purchase agreement on approximately 40 acres of what is envisioned as a 150-acre business park on reclaimed land at the Royal Phoenix site in the Town of Front Royal, some 67 miles west of Washington, D.C. The lease is tentative pending approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and FMC Corporation. Several hours after the EDA vote, Warren County Report Managing Editor Roger Bianchini sat down with Front Royal Vice-Mayor Bret Hrbek to discuss the implications of that vote and the status of the solar proposal for Front Royal.

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