Massachusetts residents tired of being test cases for poorly sited turbines

Mark Cool — Falmouth, MA — July 8, 2013

In Kingston, acoustical testing by professional consultants found three wind turbines out of compliance with state noise regulations.

In Scituate, the town is conducting a noise study due to numerous noise complaints.

In Fairhaven, the Board of Health voted unanimously to shut down the town’s two wind turbines between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. due to state noise violations, and the Board of Selectmen voted to put the turbines’ developers on 30 days’ notice because the turbines violate the contract between developers and the Board of Selectmen.

Falmouth and South Shore communities are becoming the national case studies around the issue of inappropriately sited industrial wind turbines and their negative impacts on the health and safety of affected citizens. Every time another commercial turbine goes up in Massachusetts, another 50 families get sick and another community comes apart at the seams.

The problems associated with poorly sited wind turbines are becoming the standard, rather than the exception. The state actively fails to protect citizens, as well as developers. In the absence of acceptable and predictable regulatory setback thresholds, the Patrick administration leaves all involved in the lurch, and obstructs the path toward renewable energy solutions.

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