FAA: Mars Can't Build Wind Turbine At Topeka Plant

Mars want to build a 300-foot-tall turbine to meet its high environmental standards, but the FAA said it would interfere with airspace at nearby Forbes Field.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Mars company won't be allowed to build a wind turbine at its Topeka plant because it would interfere with airspace at nearby Forbes Field.

Topeka Airport Authority officials say any tall structure built at the Kanza Fire Commerce Park where the plantis located would severely limit use of Forbes Field.

Mars had planned to build a 300-foot-tall turbine before being told by the Federal Aviation Administration that it was not allowed.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Friday (http://bit.ly/w8U6iO) that Mars officials say they are now seeking permission to build a solar field at the plant. The company has said it plans to build the $250 million manufacturing plant to include high environmental standards.

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