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“The sound from the inverters is clearly in violation of the Mass. DEP Noise Policy, and also constitutes a noise nuisance, in my opinion, based on the sound level measurements reported here,” wrote Lawrence G. Copley, a sound engineer, in the noise assessment he presented to the town.
Talerman’s draft order calls for “a modification at the very least if not an outright shutdown” of turbine operations from midnight to 4 a.m. when the wind is traveling from the south or southwest at eight meters per second or more at the turbine hub. ...The board voted 4-1 in favor of adopting the abatement order, which was served to KWI Tuesday.
County officials say an outside and independent source is needed because no one on county government boards has the expertise as it relates to sound from turbines. The need also is driven by input from several residents who have complained of noise from turbines nearby their homes.
News that noise coming from the wind turbines in the Hoosac Wind project exceeded state standards has some of the project’s neighbors calling for action, and others shrugging their shoulders.
The turbine was tested on three separate nights and the highest difference found between low ambient and maximum noise output was 7 dBa....Mr Dardi pointed out that “the report indicated the turbine was very seldom above 30% power output and never above 60% during the testing periods and in addition the wind was never from the Southwest."
While the state Department of Environmental Protection says that noise from the turbine can't be more than 10 decimals over ambient noise, owners of the Scituate turbine say testing shows levels no higher than seven decimals.
Originally slated for completion in February 2012, the machine lay dormant for nearly two years as issues with its tip-braking system, hydraulic temperature and twisting power cables prevented it from spinning to harness wind energy.
Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise-level of their surroundings by more than 10 decibels.
The mitigation plan calls for the turbine blades to be shut down in certain wind conditions. But Select Board Chairman Robert Espindola added, "It's not clear to me whether the mitigation is the only reason they're (complaints) are trailing off or frustration." He said some people who've complained in the past told him they've just given up.
Most wind projects in Vermont are limited to a 45-decibel sound level ...But proponents of new noise standards say the state must set a limit that accounts for temperature, humidity, location, wind speeds and the like – all of which they say cause extreme changes in the level of noise the turbines create.
Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012.
The boards of health in Scituate and Kingston are grappling this month with studies of noise pollution from large-scale wind turbines in their communities, with Kingston officials dealing with reports of sound exceeding state standards and Scituate officials being told there was no problem.
“Both Consumers and its consultant should have known from past work on other projects that locating large, utility-scale wind turbines close to residential homes was likely to result in the type of litigation now in progress.”
“They say the sound isn’t a problem, but we have what sounds like the sound of a jet going over — that doesn’t stop — at our home every night,” said Phoebe Sanborn of North Groton Road, whose home is within a few hundred feet of five of the plant’s 24 turbine towers.
In reaction to those complaints, the PSB wants to know what the department thinks about the impact of background noise when monitoring turbine-generated sounds. The board also wants to know what the obstacles are to real-time monitoring, and what steps would be taken to bring the project into compliance if a noise violation is found.
According to the suit, the members of the family went to live in a cottage in order to avoid the health effects of living near the wind turbine.
My local newspaper recently published an op-ed piece which is one of the ugliest, most main-spirited I have ever read. According to its author, Melody Affonce, anyone whose health is harmed by wind turbines must furnish unassailable proof before we take action to prevent further harm. She compares these victims to those seeking workers compensation, welfare, or disability benefits. At the moment, the only thing the turbine neighbors are actually asking for is relief.
Municipal Court Judge Jane Howlett ruled the town did not prove its case against Mr. Coelho because Bristol Police Officer Sean Gonsalves did not take the noise readings in the proper location. The town ordinance requires that “the measurement shall be made at the property line; Gonsalves testifiedhe recorded the noise measurement from a second-story deck on the neighbor’s home.
A workshop focused on how to draft reports that are easier to understand is scheduled, with the understanding that it "will not be a forum for discussion of the sound standard applicable to the project" or the methodology that GMP is using to study noise, the board stated.
In a ruling issued Monday, Kennebec County Superior Court justice Michaela Murphy overturned a controversial regulatory decision Aho made in June 2011 involving noise violations at a Vinalhaven wind farm, saying there was “no rational basis or relevant evidence” to support it. Aho’s decision, which reversed the recommendations of DEP staff and the Attorney General’s Office, was the exact outcome sought by Vinalhaven’s Fox Island Wind, which was represented by Pierce Atwood, the state’s largest law firm, where Aho had worked until earlier that year.