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Varian Semiconductor to install wind turbines at US HQ

03 March 2006 | By Mark Osborne | News > EHS

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"The generation of wind power benefits both Varian and the community in many ways: by lightening the load on the local grid; reducing the emission-based health effects of  using fossil fuels; and providing a competitive advantage to a major employer in the City of Gloucester and  Cape Ann area," stated Rick Johnson, Varian's director of facilities. 

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