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New SEC committee to investigate Antrim windmill project complaints

Several residents have complained about the noise level.

ANTRIM — After several residents in the Gregg Lake area of Antrim continued to bring theircomplaints about windmill noise, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee votedThursday to create a new subcommittee to investigate the complaints.

“Each complaint will be investigated,” said SEC member Wildolfo Arvelo.

Antrim Wind, a project owned by Canadian utility company TransAlta, is made up of nine wind turbines spread out across 1,700 acres in Antrim. After the project was completed this year, residents like Rich Block said the windmills are making too much noise, more than allowed by the original state approval, putting the company out of compliance.

Block said Thursday while watching the meeting via video conferencing that it does not appearthe current SEC committee is up to the task of dealing with the complaints.

“The present committee seems like they are approaching all of this with a blank slate, perhaps due to inexperience,” Block said.

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Several residents have complained about the noise level.

ANTRIM — After several residents in the Gregg Lake area of Antrim continued to bring their complaints about windmill noise, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted Thursday to create a new subcommittee to investigate the complaints.

“Each complaint will be investigated,” said SEC member Wildolfo Arvelo. 

Antrim Wind, a project owned by Canadian utility company TransAlta, is made up of nine wind turbines spread out across 1,700 acres in Antrim. After the project was completed this year, residents like Rich Block said the windmills are making too much noise, more than allowed by the original state approval, putting the company out of compliance.

Block said Thursday while watching the meeting via video conferencing that it does not appear the current SEC committee is up to the task of dealing with the complaints.

“The present committee seems like they are approaching all of this with a blank slate, perhaps due to inexperience,” Block said.

The SEC gave TransAlta an exemption from the noise testing standards during a November meeting, allowing the company to test for noise less frequently than the original standards set out.

Block said this has resulted in inaccurate noise testing that does not capture the actual level of sound created by the windmills.

Residents Barbara Berwick and Janice Longgood, and others, have filed numerous noise complaints with the SEC, and now a three-person subcommittee will look into those complaints.

They also say the committee is not informing residents about hearings and meetings on the project. Block, Longgood, and Berwick have all said they did not get proper notice before the November meeting in which the noise exemption was granted.

A January letter to the SEC from state senators Jeb Bradley, Bob Giuda, Ruth Ward, and Rep. Michael Vose, took the committee to task over the lack of proper notice for Antrim residents.

“The Committee took a decision at the meeting after having heard from only one side of a disputed matter,” the letter states. “This is astonishing, and frankly inexcusable.”


Source: https://www.unionleader.com...

MAR 26 2021
https://www.windaction.org/posts/52260-new-sec-committee-to-investigate-antrim-windmill-project-complaints
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