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Reading from a prepared statement, Selectman David Braga said industrial-sized turbines don’t belong in residential neighborhoods. “We have an issue that has gone on for too long and it has divided our town. I want to be very positive and move forward to rectify this issue,” Braga said. “I think it’s time that we start building trust with the residents of Falmouth over this issue.”
The letter reviewed by town counsel Monday essentially says that while willing to meet with the town about possible mitigation, the Independence turbine owners prefer to wait for the results of a sound study they have commissioned from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Daniel H. Webb, owner of the Notus Clean Energy turbine, said that the town-owned turbines have not been running at night for eight months and questioned how the board will take that into account. "I think Dan has a valid point that ideally we would have done this last year," said Dr. Goldstone, when the town turbines were running 24 hours a day. Unlike the town-owned turbines that have been turned off from 7 PM to 7 AM since May.
Scituate Wind, the turbine's owner, had told the board it would only pay for a study that determined its compliance with state standards, but nothing outside of that scope. The Board of Health said it had no money to fund a study not paid for by Scituate Wind.
In the suit, six plaintiffs - all Falmouth residents who live near two turbines at the wastewater treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road - are challenging a 2011 ruling by the town's zoning board of appeals that affirmed Building Commissioner Eladio Gore's approval of the first turbine to be erected.
Nearly one hundred Falmouth residents attended a Board of Selectmen meeting last night to peacefully protest and speak out against the ongoing operation of three identical industrial wind turbines in the Falmouth Industrial Park. Duration: 33 seconds
Prior to the meeting, dozens of residents held a candle light vigil and prayed that the selectmen would not only hear their voices, but also take immediate action to stop what they described as a nuisance and danger to their health. Nearly 50 residents voiced their opinion during the public comment session, with almost every comment opposing the future operation of the turbines.
Five days after receiving a report from the panel charged with finding options to mitigate complaints related to wind turbines, selectmen heard plenty of public comment on the hot-button topic Wednesday night.
Just as we blame the poor for their poverty, we seem compelled to blame the victims of Big Wind for their own illness. Apostles of the wind industry, like Dr. Dora Mills, Dr. Robert McCunney and Australia's Professor Simon Chapman, are only too happy to furnish the tacit explanations needed to justify blaming these victims for their own plight. These typically include psychosomatic causes, hypochondria, delusions, and other forms of mental illness.
That room has a 43-person capacity and, per a list of 14 "procedural rules" passed by the board last week, a police officer will be stationed inside the room throughout the three-hour-long hearing in order to remove anyone who is disruptive and to ensure the room does not become overcrowded.
"The court is not in a position to determine how often serious shadow effects occur at the plaintiffs' residence. The court is unable at present to determine the extent of the noise problem," Hely wrote in his decision. "At this stage of the case, the plaintiffs have not shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the wind turbine is a public health nuisance that must be shut down. That issue is an open issue now pending before the board of health."
The postponement came in the wake of Tuesday's meeting, at which panel members were told that figures used to calculate the financial benefits of leaving the turbines running without curtailment were based on faulty methodology. New studies found that Wind 1 generates more power than previous tests have shown, according to Tony Rogers of DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, an expert employed to study the turbine's power generation.
A Brockton Superior Court judge will decide whether the Scituate wind turbine should continue to operate, after hearing arguments Monday afternoon from lawyers representing the town's Board of Health and a local family who complain of ill effects from the spinner.
Only so many words can describe the harm inflicted by Falmouth's wind power plants. In a few words, the problem remains a matter, not of town fiscal debt or global warming, but rather of only basic acceptable health and living conditions for your neighbors. The history of every place is normally more complicated than what we are lead to believe. Falmouth has the opportunity to keep it simple - value the resident more. Great moments, in the writing of Falmouth's history, are born from great opportunity.
If you don't have a suitable site for a wind turbine, it is folly to investigate which unsuitable site might be the best. ...Cramming one wind turbine into an inappropriate space on shore is not going to do anything meaningful toward the creation of a renewable energy future.
Massachusetts WCVB TV Boston visited Scituate, MA to report on the impacts of noise and flicker on the home life of people living near the turbine. Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Residents of Scituate's Third Cliff neighborhood, who say they have experienced sleep deprivation, headaches and other ailments because of the 390-foot-tall turbine off the Driftway, are calling for an in-depth acoustical study that goes outside the scope of state testing regulations.
Further research is needed to figure out safe distances for wind turbines, said Michael Nissenbaum, a radiologist at the Northern Maine Medical Center who conducted a study of residents living near wind turbines in Mars Hill, Maine. His study found that noise from the turbines disrupted the sleep and impaired the mental health of residents living within 1.4 kilometers of the machines and had "the potential to harm human health."
The McKeevers argued in the filing that the board erred in letting the 400-foot-tall industrial turbine remain turned on, even though, they say, it is harming the health of residents. The energy generator, located 640 feet from the McKeevers' house, has been up since January 2012 and operating since March.
Mark and Lauren McKeever say they and their two children have suffered from sleep deprivation, nausea, anxiety and other ailments since the wind turbine started spinning last March. The 390-foot-tall turbine is located about 600 feet from their home off the Driftway.