Falmouth Massachusetts BOH -Wind Turbines November 4th

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Oct 29, 2013

Falmouth Massachusetts Wind Turbine Board of Health Meeting November 4, 2013


Letter – Fal E –(for) Nov 1, 2013 – Turbines and Trash Haulers
Turbines & Trash Haulers -

Falmouth’s Town Code § 191-10 regulates the hours of trash collection to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. I recently asked some trash hauler friends, as well as some town hall workers the reason for the restriction. As if not already obvious, here are the plain sense words from one of the respondents.“The clanging, banging, the incessant beeping and revving of the diesel engined trash trucks isn’t conducive to the peace and quiet expected by neighborhood residents when they settle in for the night.”

Town Code § 191-11 refines the reason even more. The Board of Health may license off-hour collection of garbage, from nonresidential structures located only in business, agricultural, light industrial, public use and marine zoning districts when the Board of Health determines that off-hour collection is necessary to protect the public health.

What does this mean? The Board of Health has a regulation defining a healthy ‘do not disturb’ period for Falmouth citizens. For public health, residential neighborhood peace and quiet shall never be compromised by the clanging and banging, the incessant beeping and revving of the diesel engined trash trucks, after 7:00 p.m. Nor shall these folks have to suffer being rudely awoken by the same prior to 7:00 a.m.

It’s a given our Wind 1 & Wind 2 wake people up. By turning the turbines off 8 hours and capturing the period when most people sleep, Selectmen acknowledged the sleep disruption impact caused by the turbines.

Monday November 4, the Board of Health will access the effectiveness of the Selectmen’s actions. It’ll be quite interesting how members will rationalize and justify the necessity of 12 hours to protect resident’s health from trash pick-up but not wind turbine noise.

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