Connors urges people to speak out on light pollution bill

By on Thursday, March 16th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by Rep. April Connors (R-Kennewick) that would require the warning lights on wind turbines to turn automatically only when they are needed by aircraft is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow (Friday). The hearing before the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee on House Bill 1173 begins at 8 a.m.

While the blinking red lights attached to wind turbines are an important safety measure for traveling aircraft at night, Connors said they are also an eyesore for residents and cause light pollution.

“Friday is a great opportunity for Washingtonians to participate in the legislative process and make their voices heard,” Connors said. “I encourage everyone to get involved.”

Individuals can sign up to testify in person during the hearing, testify remotely, provide their position for the legislative record, or submit written testimony through the Senate Committee Sign-in page at

MyCB photo by Dan Thesman