Articles filed under Noise from Massachusetts

Disputed, preliminary Scituate turbine test results show no noise violation

"My personal take on this was I was disappointed that the forecasted winds weren't the actual winds, [and] that there was so much insect noise," said Jennifer Sullivan, Scituate's director of public health. "There is reason to believe that at some point during the testing the turbine wasn't making power but using power, which is not exactly what we want to test, and the community people are not happy with the westerly testing direction."
30 Aug 2013

Neighbors upset over wind turbine noise update

The consultants have been contracted to take four noise samples beginning in March, but said they were only able to get one sample in April, because there hasn't been enough wind to get the turbine up to maximum power. Mark Wallace from Tech Environmental said that one noise sample that was taken at four locations in the neighborhood shows the noise from Scituate's wind turbine is hardly perceptible.
28 Aug 2013

Officials should not turn deaf ear to wind turbines' sound effects

there is adequate scientific evidence in peer-reviewed publications to make it clear that some infrasound emitted by wind turbines - sound vibrations at frequencies below those normally heard - makes some people sick. By refusing to consider and investigate infrasound as a cause of physical distress ...state agencies are only storing up trouble for the future of wind energy.
25 Aug 2013

Scituate turbine tests prove controversial

"The period at which those most impacted by shadow flicker on the South Coast of Massachusetts is between October and March," said Tom Thompson, Executive Director for a neighborhood fighting against the location of the Scituate turbine. "Anyone that's looking to commission a shadow study prior to that that knows those are not the peak periods. [To do one now] is not an accurate analysis."
23 Aug 2013

Scituate Wind: Sound study delay sparks concerns

Too much time is being lost relative to performing acoustical studies of the Scituate Wind turbine and this has the Scituate Board of Health, among other stakeholders, concerned. During the board's meeting on August 12, board members, along with Scituate Public Health Director, Jennifer Sullivan, discussed the complexities of the testing requirements - wind speed, wind direction, tides, etc., and how the conditions have yet to prove favorable for testing.
15 Aug 2013

Wind industry ignores, makes up the facts

"The 'Kelly paper' is just one of many studies published in the 1980s by acousticians and other researchers working under grants from the DOE, NASA, and others. ... The acoustical conferences, at least in the U.S., all had presentations on wind turbine noise; it was one of the 'hot' topics in the field." The industry response? Ignore or deny the science.
13 Aug 2013

Fairhaven Wind defies order, turns turbines back on

The owner of the town's two wind turbines resumed full operations of the machines Tuesday night in defiance of the Board of Health's June order that the turbines be shut off between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Turbine manager Gordon Deane, in a statement released Tuesday night, said officials of Fairhaven Wind, which owns the turbines, decided to turn them back on after a meeting of the health board earlier in the day.
24 Jul 2013

State group to make recommendations on turbine noise regulations

The 16-member technical advisory group includes acousticians, public health professionals, representatives of the wind industry and a neighbor to the Falmouth Wind turbines. The group will consider changes to MassDEP noise regulations and policy as they relate to wind turbines. "It is an acknowledgement that noise from wind turbines is different," DEP spokesman Edmund Coletta said.
23 Jul 2013

Sue Hobart Testimony: Bring real doctors to study affected homes by wind turbines

Sue Hobart presented this powerful testimony before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health about industrial turbines and the effects they have on the health of the people who live near them. Ms. Hobart formerly lived at 476 Blacksmith Shop Road East Falmouth, just 1600 feet from the Webb Notus 1.5 MW wind turbine.
9 Jul 2013

Kingston resident makes turbine noise case

Tim Dwyer presented his case that the turbines are clearly out of compliance, in violation of No Fossil Fuel's Power Purchase Agreement with the town. He implored selectmen to use their authority to right a wrong and protect the families affected by the noise from the O'Donnell turbines by requiring compliance testing under the direction of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
6 Jul 2013

Fairhaven Wind developer suggests shutting one turbine down at night

Sumul Shah of Fairhaven Wind LLC told selectmen he tried several options last week for reducing noise, including feathering the blades and changing the speed and direction, but that shutting one turbine off at night seemed to work best. Selectmen voted June 10 to give Fairhaven Wind 30 days to come into compliance with the terms of the lease and the 10 decibel limit for adding to surrounding noise levels under state law.
4 Jul 2013

Fairhaven Wind has been poor 'partner'

In his "open letter" of December 2011, Gordon Deane described Fairhaven Wind as the private part of a "partnership" with the town of Fairhaven. Sumul Shah, Jim Sweeney and Deane have been operating a sound nuisance illegally ever since, depriving residence of sleep, the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, and their property value. It is time to reassess this so-called partnership.
18 Jun 2013
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