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Fairhaven officials mum on new turbine mitigation plan

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.
17 Nov 2013

Town agrees to reduce operating hours of turbines; Issue far from over as final settlement still must be reached

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."
8 Nov 2013

Factions reach accord on wind turbine hours

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.
8 Nov 2013

Wellfleet wildlife sanctuary wind turbine proposal put on hold

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.
25 Oct 2013

Peru hosts two Falmouth residents affected by wind turbine project at meeting tonight

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.
24 Oct 2013

Wind turbine syndrome' blamed for health issues In Cape Cod families; Sick resident sues turbine company

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.”
23 Oct 2013

'Wind Turbine Syndrome' blamed for mysterious symptoms in Cape Cod town

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."
22 Oct 2013

Turbine talks at a standstill in Falmouth

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.
10 Oct 2013

Deal struck to sell NH wind farm power to Mass.

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.
7 Oct 2013

Find facts on turbines' health effects

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.
26 Sep 2013

Never Stops, Never Stops. Headache. Help.

"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.
16 Sep 2013
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