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State noise regulations prohibit any noise source from being more than 10 decibels louder than background noise. Last winter, the DEP's noise testing of the turbines detected five violations. The July proposal allowed for continued testing of the turbines to see whether changing the angle of the blades to slow their spinning could still remain in compliance of state law while maintaining higher levels of power production than turning one turbine off completely.
"We are currently involved in complex and sensitive matters related to the operation of these turbines," he said. "There could be significant legal ramifications to the town and its taxpayers. I'm appealing to you "for your patience." Among the matters Putnam referred to is a lawsuit in Barnstable Superior Court ruling that declared the turbines a nuisance.
J. Malcolm Donald of Blacksmith Shop Road, a vocal opponent of the turbines who attended yesterday's hearing, lauded the temporary agreement. "I think it was earth shattering that the parties finally, after more than three years of disagreement, actually sat down and talked," he said. "I think it is kind of a stroke of genius of the judge. This is economical judicial action."
The Andersens and the zoning board won one round earlier this month, when Muse ruled against a town request to toss out the board's ruling. On Thursday, he went one step further, saying abutters were “injured in some way” by the turbines. The turbines will now shut down from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and another hearing will be held Nov. 21.
The town's Board of Health decided Monday to ask selectmen to reconsider the operating hours for the town's municipal turbines, but stopped short of ordering them to either change or expand the devices' eight-hour downtime.
Sue Hobart says whenever she's near her Falmouth home she suffers from headaches, nausea and disorientation. And she sleeps poorly. Hobart's home sits 1,600 feet away from three, 400-foot-tall turbines, which were installed by Lightship Energy in 2010. "I worry for you people," she told Peru residents on Thursday night.
Mass. Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will request that the Wellfleet Zoning Board of Appeals, when it meets on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the senior center, allow Mass. Audubon to withdraw without prejudice its request for a special permit to install a wind turbine at the sanctuary.Formal notice of the request was e-mailed to Christine Bates, the board’s secretary, on Tuesday morning, by Michael D. Ford, the lawyer who filed the application for Mass Audubon.
In the lead-up to an important town vote on a proposed wind development, residents are hosting two Falmouth residents who fled their town after three wind turbines began operating there in 2010. Sue and Ed Hobart, who say living near three 400-foot turbines in Falmouth caused them to suffer negative health impacts, will take part in an informational meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Community Center.
Yet, countryside residents from Vermont to Massachusetts, and elsewhere, now claim not only environmental degradation but personal health problems from the imposing wind towers, which fans praise as emblematic of America’s clean energy future. Mike Nelson, of Albany, Vt., told WCAX-TV last November the resulting noise from the wind tower installments had cost him lost sleep and that neighbors were reporting headaches, symptoms of so-called “wind turbine syndrome.”
They filed an earlier nuisance complaint against the town in July 2012, but the judge granted the defendants' motion to dismiss on Dec. 3, 2012. "The heart of the issue is that they have been pushed off their land," said Mannal. "They have erected these enormous industrial-scale turbines -- larger than a 747 -- in close proximity to residences. They have had to leave their house because they couldn't live there anymore."
Sue Hobart filed a nuisance complaint against her town after experiencing headaches.
Dr. Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation in Australia delivered these important comments to attendees at the Falmouth MA Human Rights Conference. A portion of Dr. Laurie's comments appear below. Her full set of comments can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
The board heard testimony based on the new hours of operation for the turbines at the town wastewater treatment plant that some neighbors claim affect their health. In the absence of new information, the board approved a motion that future comments on the turbines’ operation must be submitted to the board in writing and the board reserves the right to reopen the matter for pubic discussion if new evidence is presented.
Though Iberdrola Renewables hasn’t filed an application for the project yet with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee, the company has signed a 15-year agreement to sell power to a group of Massachusetts utilities. The agreement will benefit Massachusetts’ Renewable Energy Portfolio and its electricity customers, though there are questions about its value to New Hampshire.
State Rep. Sarah Peake has introduced a bill (H. 2048) that calls for the commonwealth to convene a health commission to study the health impacts from land-based wind turbines. This legislation is about conducting honest scientific and medical research, developing educational materials and developing training for health care professionals. Massachusetts citizens deserve no less. ...It is time to quiet the rhetoric and make decisions regarding wind turbines by finding the real facts about the health impacts of the turbines.
Jared Goldstone, Chairman of the Falmouth Board of Health, announced that the Board will examine Falmouth's new wind turbine operational plan and its impact on wind turbine neighbors. That examination will include public comment according to Goldstone.
Several residents questioned whether it was appropriate to hire consultants to the wind industry, particularly a company like Tech Environmental that has previous experience with the Independence wind turbine. "I don't think they are going to represent the residents of Kingston," Leland Road resident Doreen Reilly said.
The town's two wind turbines will run 16 hours a day ...The operating plan increases the current 12-hour operation enough, in theory, for the turbines' operation to break even financially but falls short of the threshold that would have created funds to pay for mitigation plans for homeowners negatively affected by their operation.
Disagreement over the syndrome's true nature shouldn't preclude sympathy for the people who are being driven from their homes, or to banging their heads against the wall in frustration. Their complaints aren't sitting well, though, with those who see great promise in wind power as a cheap and efficient source of renewable energy.
"It's critical that we acknowledge wind-turbine syndrome," said Roxanne Zak, head of the energy committee for the Massachusetts Sierra Club, an unlikely supporter, in her testimony that morning. "We're derailing large wind projects, preventing wind legislation from being passed. We can't dismiss the evidence that people are having problems." Turbines are very effective in wide-open spaces, she said, but Massachusetts is not one of those places.