Documents filed under Noise from USA

Falmouth Wind #1 post-construction noise survey

Finalfalmouthreportwithappendix_thumb The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced that one of the two turbines sited in Falmouth exceeds noise levels permitted under State law. The letter from the MassDEP confirming the findings of a sound survey as well as the study report can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. An excerpt of the MassDEP letter is provided below.
1 May 2012

International review of wind policies and recommendations for wind turbine setbacks from residences

International_review_of_wind_policies_and_recommendations_thumb There is no worldwide agreement on appropriate wind turbine setback distances from homes and limited awareness of wind turbine setbacks in other countries. This report attempts to identify and clarify existing governmental requirements and recommendations regarding wind turbine setbacks from residences. The introduction of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
19 Oct 2011

James review of noise studies for the proposed Ocotillo wind energy facility

11-10-06_final_ocotillo_wind_-_review_of_noise_studies_and_related_material_thumb Acoustics expert, Mr. Richard James, filed these comments on behalf of the Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry against Dumps, Inc. as part of their public comments on the BLM EIS/EIR for the proposed Imperial County, Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility. Mr. James' testimony details the major problems with Cadna/SoundPlan and other commercial noise modeling software products based on the ISO 9613-2 noise modeling standard.
5 Oct 2011

State of Maine: Wind noise law

Maine-wt-noise-law-chapter_375_proposed_rule_thumb The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted to impose this more stringent noise regulation on commercial wind turbines operating near homes or businesses. The new rules were also approved by the Maine state legislature. THe new rules lower from 45 decibels to 42 decibels the maximum allowable noise from wind farms between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. as measured from houses and other “protected locations” within one mile of the turbines. The rules also lay out a detailed process for collecting sound readings and compiling noise complaints.  A portion of the rules is excerpted below. The document can be accessed at the link(s) on this page.
15 Sep 2011

Fox Islands Wind Neighbors Petition for Review: Vinalhaven Wind

Fox-islands-wind-neighbors-petition-for-review-final1_thumb Neighbors of the Vinalhaven wind turbine farm filed a lawsuit against the state of Maine for failing to enforce noise regulations against Fox Islands Wind, the turbine operator. The neighbors’ lawsuit charges that the decision by Maine DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) on June 30th was arbitrary and capricious and driven by political meddling against the recommendation of DEP regulatory staff.
29 Jul 2011

Mass DEP on turbine sound survey methodology

Falmouth_letter_fm_massdep__30jun2011_thumb This letter, prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, details guidelines to the Town of Falmouth on conducting background noise levels. The Mass DEP explains its preference for sound surveys to be attended by trained personnel who can ensure the readings recorded by the equipment are not contaminated by transient noise sources.
30 Jun 2011

The Effects of Noise on Wildlife

Effects_of_noise_on_wildlife_thumb This research, prepared by Meghan C. Sadlowski, Division of Migratory Bird Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service explores how wind turbine noise may be impacting wildlife and calls for more research on the issue. An excerpt is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking at the links at the bottom of this page.
1 Mar 2011

Fox Island Wind compliance letter

Fox_island_wind_compliance_letter_thumb This letter addressed to George Baker of Fox Islands Wind LLC responds to a complaint filed with the State of Maine concerning excessive turbine noise emissions at the Vinalhaven wind energy facility. The State has determined that the project is operating outside the noise limits permitted for the project.
23 Nov 2010

Vinalhaven, ME July 17-18, 2010 Complaint Review

Fw__july_17-18__2010_complaint_review_thumb Residents of Vinalhaven, Maine filed a complaint with Maine's Department of Environmental Protection regarding excessive noise from the Fox Islands wind energy facility. The below report was submitted to the Department by EnRad's Warren Brown who conducted the review of the noise. Mr. Brown found that the project sound levels exceeded nighttime limits of 45 dBA. The original report is posted below and can be accessed, along with two accompanying documents, via the links below.
8 Sep 2010

Vestas raises concerns about turbine noise (Letter)

Brucemobbotttopotamis2010-08-03_thumb After noise complaints started coming in following the erection of WIND 1, the first Falmouth turbine at the wastewater treatment facility, Vestas required confirmation that the Town of Falmouth "understands they are fully responsible for the site selection of the turbine and bear all responsibilities to address any mitigation needs of the neighbors." WIND 2 would not be released to the town for erection until the letter was signed. The letter explaining the situation is provided below and can be accessed by selecting the link(s) on this page.
3 Aug 2010

Siting of wind turbines with respect to noise emissions and their health and welfare effects on humans

Horojeffreportfinal_thumb This report, prepared by Acoustics and Noise Control expert Richard D. Horonjeff, explains how turbine noise differs from other types of noises within a community. The information was submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. An excerpt of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of this page.
6 Jul 2010

Siting of wind turbines with respect to noise emissions and their health and welfare effects on humans

Horojeffreportfinal_thumb This report, prepared by Acoustics and Noise Control expert Richard D. Horonjeff, explains how turbine noise differs from other types of noises within a community. The information was submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. An excerpt of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of this page.
6 Jul 2010

Wind-turbine noise: What audiologists should know

Windturbinenoise_thumb Noise from modern wind turbines is not known to cause hearing loss, but the low-frequency noise and vibration emitted by wind turbines may have adverse health effects on humans and may become an important community noise concern.Wind-turbine noise what audiologist should know.
1 Jul 2010

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