Turbines fail sound tests: Residents express outrage when DEP won’t shut them down

Peggy Aulisio — South Coast Today — May 23, 2013

FAIRHAVEN — Residents expressed dismay and outrage Tuesday after learning the two industrial wind turbines on town land exceeded the allowable sound levels in some tests. They expressed even further outrage when Martin Suuberg, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said he would work with the developer to bring the turbines into compliance instead of shutting them down.

The turbines exceeded the 10 decibel limit on adding noise to background sound in five locations under four weather conditions, Mr.

Suuberg said. He described the report as “preliminary” and said the DEP was releasing the results because it had taken so long.

Mr. Suuberg said the turbines went over the limit under state law in three sound tests on Little Bay Road, one on Teal Circle and one on Peirce’s Point Road. A resident of Teal Circle has appeared at many town board meetings to complain about adverse health effects from the wind turbines.

Mr. Suuberg came under intense criticism for saying it was “preferable” to work with the developer, Fairhaven Wind LLC.

He also came under criticism for letting developer Gordon Dean of parent company Palmer Management Corp. respond and for giving Fairhaven Wind LLC results before they were released to Fairhaven residents. The residents have been waiting for the results of the sound study since it began about a year ago.

Mr. Dean questioned the methods the DEP used, saying the state agency was comparing “apples to oranges.” He said wind turbines were at a “disadvantage to fossil fuel plants” because of the way DEP took measurements.  Continue reading, here….

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