Articles filed under Noise from Massachusetts

Fairhaven Wind developer suggests shutting one turbine down at night

Sumul Shah of Fairhaven Wind LLC told selectmen he tried several options last week for reducing noise, including feathering the blades and changing the speed and direction, but that shutting one turbine off at night seemed to work best. Selectmen voted June 10 to give Fairhaven Wind 30 days to come into compliance with the terms of the lease and the 10 decibel limit for adding to surrounding noise levels under state law.
4 Jul 2013

Fairhaven Wind has been poor 'partner'

In his "open letter" of December 2011, Gordon Deane described Fairhaven Wind as the private part of a "partnership" with the town of Fairhaven. Sumul Shah, Jim Sweeney and Deane have been operating a sound nuisance illegally ever since, depriving residence of sleep, the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, and their property value. It is time to reassess this so-called partnership.
18 Jun 2013

Fairhaven wants turbine developer to help pay for sound engineer

"Continued operation of the wind turbines ... in excess of the limit set forth in the DEP noise regulations, during the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., constitutes a nuisance which is injurious to the public health," the order reads. The board also "hereby orders that the turbines not operate from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until such time that the order is removed by the Board of Health."
17 Jun 2013

Fairhaven halts overnight use of turbines

The Fairhaven Board of Health voted unanimously to shut down the town's two wind turbines between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. beginning tonight. ...the board of selectmen also voted to put the turbines' developers on 30 days notice because state testing of the turbines revealed that the turbines not only violated state noise regulation but also violated the contract between developers and the Board of Selectmen.
10 Jun 2013

Kingston to hire neutral engineer to evaluate turbine test

Tuesday night, selectmen approved a request from the Board of Health to hire an engineer to act as an outside consultant ...Selectmen Dennis Randall said the results of any study, no matter how scientific, can be brought into question, so the town needs to make sure the professional engineer hired to review the results of the flicker study is a neutral party.
9 Jun 2013

Are Mary O'Donnell's Kingston turbines in compliance?

"The evidence that the O'Donnell turbines are operating outside the boundaries of the DEP noise regulation is incontrovertible, and the effects are devastating," he writes. "Residents are being forced to abandon their homes during periods of high wind speeds. Others, with no alternative, simply hunker down and try to survive day-to-day with a debilitating lack of sleep."
31 May 2013

Kingston resident claims independent testing of O'Donnell turbines proves non-compliance

"The evidence that the O'Donnell turbines are operating outside the boundaries of the DEP noise regulation is incontrovertible, and the effects are devastating," he writes. "Residents are being forced to abandon their homes during periods of high wind speeds. Others, with no alternative, simply hunker down and try to survive day-to-day with a debilitating lack of sleep."
25 May 2013

Kingston Independence operators refuse to cooperate, challenge methodology

In an abrupt about face late last week, the Independence turbine owners at Kingston Wind Independence are refusing to participate a long-awaited acoustic monitoring study. The Board of Selectmen and Board of Health are sending a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection this week asking that officials step in and provide assistance to the town.
25 May 2013

State finds Fairhaven turbines in violation of noise regulations

DEP Deputy Commissioner Martin Suuberg told the Board of Health that noise from the turbines exceeded state regulations in five of the 24 periods during which the DEP conducted testing. ...many in the audience began shouting for Board of Health Chairman Peter DeTerra to make a motion to shut down the wind turbines until Fairhaven Wind presented the board with a mitigation plan.
22 May 2013

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