The town's chances of becoming greener have been curtailed by its proximity to Logan International Airport, which is 0.2 to 2 miles from any given point in the community. The two locations identified for a turbine are 0.75 and 1.25 miles from the airport, according to the DPW.
After submitting a permit application early last year, town officials received a verbal report in November from the Federal Aviation Administration that indicated that a 250-foot structure in the vicinity of the DPW site would create, "a potential concern with sound landing and takeoff procedures and may be within or uncomfortably close to critical surface area zones," Hickey stated in a letter to Winthrop's town manager last year.
March 26, 2009
by Katheleen Conti
in Boston Globe
With the airport nearby, Winthrop's high hopes for wind turbine, revenue are sinking toward disappointment
Being in a waterfront community with no shortage of wind, Winthrop officials were optimistic the town would be a key cog in the state's goal of becoming a leader in wind power.
Private investors in green technology and the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust were also keen on Winthrop, offering financial support as town officials studied the feasibility of erecting a 250-foot wind turbine in one of two spots near the Belle Isle Cemetery or at the Department of Public Works site.
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