This very sad, but now all too common letter discussing wind turbine impacts is published here with the permission of the author.
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Two weeks after extending the moratorium for new wind energy developments through the end of 2014, Tipton County Commissioner Phil Heron said he is still not satisfied with some of the language in the revised ordinance ...The biggest hang-up with the ordinance involves a lack of a definitive base ambient sound level in the language.
Melka said a June study found on May 20, the 50-decibel noise limit was exceeded by one turbine. He said the level was 51.6 decibels. "There was a potential turbine operating issue," he said. "The turbine was not facing the wind properly. The wind was coming from 240 degrees and the turbine positioned itself at 220 degrees."
Since it began operation in January, numerous complaints have been filed about the Wildcat Wind Farm in northern Tipton County. At least one is valid, said Steve Edson, administrator of the Tipton County Plan Commission. ...Wildcat developer E.ON Climate & Renewables has until Sept. 24 to resolve the issue.
Rumble, rumble, rumble. Like an approaching freight train or thunderstorm rolling in. That's how one neighbor of a Benton County wind farm described the noise, as debate raged on for more than an hour Monday over proposed wind turbine noise limits in Tippecanoe County. The Tippecanoe County commissioners ultimately approved -- in a 2-1 vote -- higher sound limits.
Five decibels have many Tippecanoe County property owners upset. Originally, the ordinance stated the turbine noise level average for an hour couldn't exceed 45 decibels, but a wind energy company asked the commissioners to reconsider to 55. Commissioners said they settled on 50 decibels.
As wind energy farms prepare to sprout in Tippecanoe County, some residents are fighting a proposal that would allow for more noise -- and they fear nuisance -- from the developments. "This is not just a 'I can't stand that mosquito' kind of noise," said county resident Julie Peretin. "This is about quality of life."
Proposed wind farms in Tippecanoe County have some upset and worried about the noise caused by wind turbines. According to audiologists, new information is coming to light about exposure to wind turbine noise. It shows the turbines may be ruining quiet rural living for some. Julie Peretin said she has delayed moving her young family into a home that would situate them in the shadow of a future Tippecanoe County wind farm.
Neighbors of wind farm developments planned in Tippecanoe County are unhappy that officials are considering relaxing the sound limits previously set.
As debate continues in Tippecanoe County over windmill regulations, a pair of county building commission officials went to see -- and hear -- windmills for themselves this week. Building Commissioner Ron Highland and Ken Brown, deputy building commissioner, visited Benton County on Tuesday to learn more about wind turbine developments and take sound measurements.