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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."
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.
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.
Colin Murphy, a Falmouth resident who lives within 1,900 feet of the turbines, said the turbines are impacting his children, ages 6 and 8. He was disturbed by one WTOP option to limit the hours of operation for the turbines and perhaps shut them down at 11 pm, to reduce any potential for sleep deprivation for those living near them.
Residents were shocked Monday night to learn that an acoustical study commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center would only test sound levels from the Independence wind turbine and not Mary O'Donnell's three turbines as well.
"I told [Gov. Patrick] that Falmouth bought two wind turbines from the state and the state had a responsibility for the project, and that the turbines were too big and too close to residences," said Donald, who lives within 1,250 feet of the turbines. "We recommended the state remove the turbines and replace them with solar installation on the town's capped landfill."
The group has not decided on a single solution that resolved the problems with the turbines. Instead, the ﬁnal report, which will be presented to the selectmen, will include two contrasting options: taking down the turbines, and purchasing and reselling homes. Also included will be the "curtailment scenarios" in which the turbines operations are altered to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection noise restrictions.
According to the town website, the purpose of the Falmouth Wind Turbine Option Analysis Process (WTOP) is to engage in an open, transparent, and collaborative exploration of the range of options for the long-term future of the town's two Wind Turbines - Wind I and Wind II.
"I feel like my whole world is going to turn to crap," said Farineny, who has lived in his home for 28 years."We were told we would never even see these things, and now I'm afraid we're going to hear them." Farineny said he can see three of the 340-foot turbines from his home and seven of them from the top of his field.
Fairhaven's Board of Health requested in July that the DEP test whether the town's turbines are in violation of state noise regulations. If the turbines are found to be more than 10 decibels louder than ambient noise, they will be in violation of Massachusetts law.
In defense of the health and safety of the residents of the Town of Scituate, the wind turbine must be dismantled and relocated to a location at least 1.5 miles from any residential home. “The lack of sleep affects everything in our lives,” he said. “We often go to work and school tired. It doesn’t matter which way the wind blows. It is on top of us. We hear it all the time. It isn’t a car that drives by. It is parked in our neighborhood 24/7.”
Those opposed to the Falmouth wind turbines have at least one reason to be grateful this week: The selectmen voted to shut off the two town-owned turbines on Thanksgiving. ...The action will "give a little relief on the holidays" as well as compensate neighbors for moments over a two-week period when the turbines operated outside the agreed-upon time parameters, Murphy said.
Scituate's industrial wind turbine will keep on spinning for the time being ...A motion to turn off the turbine temporarily - from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the wind is blowing towards Third Cliff residents - did not receive a second at the board's meeting on Wednesday, and no vote was not taken.
The board of health said at its meeting Wednesday it will order a study that will measure the wind turbine's noise and shadow flicker in local neighborhoods, primarily in the Third Cliff section of town, where dozens of residents have complained of sleep deprivation, headaches and dizziness.
"There are probably 30 families anyway that have submitted e-mails and complaint forms to the Board of Health resulting from their personal experiences," Thompson said, "and those run the gamut - headaches, nausea, dizziness . . . it's sad what's happened to some of our neighbors here."
New wind turbine information still surfacing in the commonwealth and elsewhere has some residents concerned that their recently constructed, 340-foot tall neighbors could be noisy ones.
He said the turbine's humming regularly wakes him up in the middle of the night, causes his ears to ring and gives him headaches. He said other residents living to the east, west and north of the turbine have experienced similar problems.
Dardi, a summertime resident of Scituate, said that since he moved back to town and found the turbine several hundred feet from his backyard, he has suffered from sleep deprivation because of the turbine noise. Other residents who live nearby complain of ringing of the ears, dizziness, and vertigo, Dardi said.
Mr. Greenberg has portrayed me as anti-windmill, and I am not. ...If I had been aware of the wind turbine before it was built, I would not have had any views to bring forward since I have had no experience with them. At that time, I was a member of the ignorant majority, but now it is a different story.