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Dozens of neighbors of a $200 million wind farm sued the companies behind it, claiming noise and lights give them migraines, make them nervous and keep them up at night.
"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."
Luann and Steve Therrien have been complaining since the spring about how noise from the turbines is impacting their family's sleep and more. ..."At Baily's [Luann's daughter] last doctor's visit, I voiced my concerns and she advised me move," she said. ...And Seager's [their toddler son] behavior is not good when the towers are loud." Special thanks to the Cal-Rec for permitting us to post this article in full.
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.
A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them. The symptoms they claim to have suffered may vary – including dizziness; increased blood pressure and depression – but the theme remains the same.
The Wiltzer family claims to have suffered from numerous issues as a result of the wind turbine's construction, including sleep disturbance, dizziness, stress, fatigue, weight loss, headaches, motion disturbance, and so on. According to the suit, the members of the family live in a cottage in order to avoid the health effects of living near the wind turbine.
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.
The testing is little more than a bit of performance art, designed to appease those who are ignorant about the ill health effects caused by these industrial monstrosities. The most these noise measurements can show is that turbines comply with a law crafted in 1962 for the purpose of measuring things like the noise created by cars rushing past a residential neighborhood on a new highway.
The board said that GMP should look at the value of the land as it exists today on the grand list in towns, with the potential for development, versus the value of the land with the development potential lost because of project noise levels.
Linda Alvarez, who lives on Collier Road, said she has talked to 10 of her neighbors who hear the turbine at night, and all of them are upset about it. "They don't call it a windmill - it's a turbine,'' she said. "It's not just a whoosh, whoosh; it's a jet engine."
"I found the report to be overly complex and difficult. I disagree with some of the technical discussions and at times found them to be weak and at times misleading. Unfortunately, there was no requirement or interest to assess the acoustic environment for potential negative human responses; i.e., complaints. This greatly weakens the ability for regulating agencies to understand why people are complaining."
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will both pay for and conduct a sound study of the Kingston wind turbine Independence, according to Kingston Wind Independence co-manager Kially Ruiz. Ruiz said Kingston Wind Independence asked the Clean Energy Center to voluntarily step in and conduct the sound assessment, and the quasi-public agency has agreed to do so. He said he wants the facts on the table for everyone to see.
Ms. Carlson said her focus will be on sound and whether the turbines are increasing noise levels by more than the 10 decibel limit allowed by the state. Ms. Carlson said it's not in her purview to test for infrasound or the so-called flicker effect, or for any ill health effects caused by the turbines.
Woodstock property owners near the Spruce Mountain Wind turbines - particularly camp owners on Shagg and Concord ponds - said at a public informational meeting last week that noise from the towers is louder than expected, because it carries over water and bounces off nearby hills. Its effects, some said, include sleepless nights and headaches, as well as general annoyance.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will both pay for and conduct a sound study of the Kingston wind turbine Independence, according to Kingston Wind Independence co-manager Kially Ruiz.
Melewski said most of the spikes were in the 50-to-60 decibel range. Sixty decibels is equivalent to the sound of a dishwasher or clothes dryer. During the second study, done over the course of 80 days, Melewski said samples were taken every 10 minutes, that added up to hours over that period.
Carlson, who will personally conduct the testing, said the DEP is working with turbine developer Sumul Shah to coordinate turning the turbines on and off during testing so she can measure each neighborhood's ambient noise. In Massachusetts, something is in violation of noise regulations if it is 10 decibels louder than the ambient noise level.
Mass DEP Director of Public Affairs Edmund Coletta says the state has not commissioned a sound study ...Instead, he said, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency, is working with the wind turbine developer to find the resources so that the developer can conduct the sound assessment.