Valmeyer (AP) – Environmentalists in southern Illinois have raised concerns that a proposed wind turbine project will diminish the area’s natural beauty and hurt animal habitat. Developer Joe Koppeis, who owns Southern Illinois Wind, hopes to construct 50 wind turbines along 15 miles of bluffs south of Valmeyer and Waterloo, The Belleville News-Democrat reported . Koppeis expects the project to cost $220 million. “The reason why I’m in this industry is that I have two children, and I firmly believe renewable energy is the way to go,” Koppeis said. “Every wind turbine that’s installed reduces the need for the burning of fossil fuels.” The project could also generate alternative energy and raise tax revenue for government services, such as local schools.