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"In light of those recommendations and the results of recent sound measurements we took in Falmouth, we are giving serious consideration to implementing additional procedures to limit noise impacts,'' said Kenneth Kimmell, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.
The Board of Health heard an emotional appeal from Karen Isherwood Monday night about the "adverse health effects" she's suffering from the wind turbines. "Right now, I'm reaching out to you desperately," she said. Ms. Isherwood said the turbines have exacerbated an existing health condition.
The state Department of Environmental Protection, in a long-awaited response to Falmouth residents' complaints about noise from two turbines, released a report Tuesday finding that one turbine less than 1,500 feet from the nearest home repeatedly exceeded allowable noise levels.
In light of the study, Falmouth's selectmen agreed to completely shut off Wind 1 for 30 days while DEP officials test the turbine's decibel level during the day, said Selectman Brent Putnam. Wind 1 is one of two town-owned 1.65-megawatt turbines located at the wastewater treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road.
Falmouth's two 1.65-megawatt turbines have been the source of controversy for about two years. Some abutters say noise, infrasound and light flicker from the spinning blades cause headaches, vertigo and even suicidal tendencies. "All we've been doing is begging for help," said Elizabeth Andersen, 55, who said the police have responded to her home twice when she said she would harm herself.
The turbines were first activated on May 1, and in the nine days since then, the Fairhaven Board of Health has received 14 complaints about them. Seven of the complaints were from the same person, but all complaints were from residents living in the general vicinity of the turbines.
Senie requested that Armstrong issue cease and desist orders for both projects based on premature site plan review application and approval, failure to file with the town clerk, improper timing of a peer review and inadequate review of the potential negative impact of the turbines.
Dr Hopkins said 150 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) would burn the same amount of oil as a wind farm would save.More than 60 abutters and neighbors filled the seats of the Mayflower Room at Town Hall Wednesday night to hear the Zoning Board of Appeal’s decision on the project. The vast majority opposed the project, despite repeated assurances from engineers that it meets the requirements of the town’s wind energy bylaw.
Eleven Kingston families are requesting that the town’s zoning enforcement officer issue cease-and-desist orders to prevent the operation of four new wind turbines in town.
The item, Article 23, filed by Barry Funfar and others, would limit the operational hours of Falmouth's Wind 1 and Wind 2 turbines until November's town meeting, "at which time concerns for both turbines can be addressed in the context of studies and mitigation options," the article said.
Louise Barteau, a spokeswoman for the group, said they want the developer to post bonds to indemnify neighbors against possible health problems and property devaluations. "We want protection against harm and loss," she said.
With generally favorable press and its cluster of five wind turbines up and visible to travelers on Route 3, the town of Kingston has gained wide attention as a model of green energy in Massachusetts. But some property owners in a high-end neighborhood near the power generators complain the green label was earned at their expense.
As of Monday, Donald had logged 20 complaints with the town about noise and shadow flicker causing ear ringing and ear pressure. "I think that people's physiologies are different," Donald said when told of neighbors who have experienced no negative health effects.
The following letter was published by Dr. Pierpont in the Massachusetts newspaper, South Coast Today, responding to a letter written by a Fairhaven, MA, resident named Donald Mulcare, titled "Pierpont's wind syndrome study isn't applicable to Fairhaven" (2/23/12).
Several residents of Falmouth who'd made the drive from Cape Cod for the meeting enumerated the headaches, vertigo and loss of sleep that wind turbines have caused in their neighborhood, stirring the concern of others in the audience. "I think it's time we stopped putting human beings at risk for technology," said Lee resident Deidre Consolati.
The board of health, however, says "nuisance" is indeed a public health factor and that turbines that might go up in Bourne not throw noise or shadow flicker of the parcel where the structure is located. Wall advised the board it can draft a regulation that is stricter that the Massachusetts legal standard.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell told the audience that state officials have not made up their mind on the question of whether there are health effects from the operation of turbines, such as the two at the Falmouth wastewater treatment facility and a third private turbine built nearby.
Hounds Ditch Lane resident Joanne Levesque took issue with Goldenberg's summary of the state study ...She said the panel that conducted the study indicated that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that wind turbines do or do not have an effect on health. "My fear is you're relying on a committee that wants to deny there is a problem with wind turbines and health impacts."
Eleanor Tillinghast, a longtime critic of the Patrick administration's efforts to proliferate land-based wind turbines, said the Patrick administration's report recalled public health officials' slow realization about the scale of the AIDS epidemic, as well as on tobacco and asbestos issues around the county.
"Despite the conclusions of this expert health panel, wind turbines that are close to residences make people sick," Anderson told the Statehouse hearing, adding that nearly all of his symptoms disappeared when the town-owned, 1.6 megawatt turbine was temporarily shut down in November amid complaints.