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Business- Politicians Fail Health of Citizens- Wind Turbines

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Jun 14, 2013
Business- Politicians Fail Health of Citizens- Wind Turbines

Massachusetts state politicians, local news media, state university and business partnerships on the SouthCoast have all contributed to the ongoing health crisis over poorly sited commercial wind turbines.

At some point in time these private- public collaborations made the decision commercial megawatt wind was the way of the future. The partnership of business leaders and state university have failed to promote regional development.

Thousands of complaints have been made in Scituate, Fairhaven, Falmouth and Kingston about the pulsating, low-frequency sound. They say it's like a giant dishwasher, helicopter in the distance or the back window of a car open at 60 mph. There's no escaping the sound and people can't sleep. Complaints include headaches, dizziness and trouble sleeping.

It's clear and concluded noise was underestimated when planning wind turbines and that better evaluation of low frequency sounds and regulated noise is needed. Fairhaven needs to review cumulative sound from multiple turbines.

It's time to shut down the turbines
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Jun 14, 2013
"Dow Jones LMG owns The Standard-Times and its sister publications."

William T. Kennedy
Chief Operating Officer
Ottaway Local Media Group
Bill Kennedy joined Ottaway in 1979 as editor of the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y. and was promoted to general manager there in 1987. In 1993, he became publisher of The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass. In that role, Kennedy presided over the growth of the SouthCoast Media Group, comprised of The Standard-Times, a group of community Web sites and six weekly newspapers serving Southeastern Massachusetts. He was promoted to his current position in 2008.

Mr. Kennedy currently serves as second vice president of the New England Newspaper Association. He is a former president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association and a former elected member of the Associated Press nominating committee.

Mr. Kennedy is a founder of the SouthCoast Development Partnership, a private-public collaboration formed to promote regional economic development, and of the SouthCoast Education Compact, a partnership of business leaders and school superintendents dedicated to improving educational attainment in the region.

Mr. Kennedy currently serves on the governing boards of the SouthCoast Development Partnership, the New Bedford CEO Council, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the UMass Dartmouth Foundation, Leadership SouthCoast, the SouthCoast Education Compact, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts and St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. He also serves on advisory boards to the Boston Lyric Opera, the New Bedford Art Museum and the New Bedford Symphony.

Prior to his career with Ottaway, Kennedy was managing editor of the Boston Herald American and state editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#3 Jun 14, 2013

The business people who work to keep the SCDP focused, relevant and effective include many of the most influential citizens and opinion leaders in the region. The SCDP is proud and pleased to include the following people in our ranks.
SouthCoast Development Partnership Membership

Dr. Divina Grossman, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Peter Kavanaugh, Co-Chair, President, Kavanaugh Development
Nicholas Christ, Co-Chair, President, BayCoast Bank
Mayor Jonathan Mitchell, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Mayor William Flanagan, Fall River, Massachusetts
Attorney Kenneth Fiola, Jr., Executive Vice President, Fall River Office of Economic Development
Matthew Morrissey, Executive Director, New Bedford Economic Development Council
Thomas Davis, Executive Director, Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation
James Sabra , Greater Fall River Development Corporation
Paul Burke, Insurit Agency Inc.
William Eccles, President, BankFive
Peter Meyer, Publisher, SouthCoast Media Group
David Slutz, President, Precix
Mary O’Keeffe, Comcast
Lisa Lundy Kusinitz, Dominion Power, Brayton Point
Keith Hovan, President, Southcoast Health System

SouthCoast Legislative Delegation
State Senator Michael Rodrigues
State Senator Mark C. W. Montigny
State Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral
State Representative Keiko Orrall
State Representative Patricia Haddad
State Representative Steven S. Howitt
State Representative Robert M. Koczera
State Representative Christopher M. Markey
State Representative Paul A. Schmid
State Representative Alan Silvia
State Representative William Straus
State Representative David B. Sullivan

Ex Officio
Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
Anne Struthers, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Housing and Economic Development
James A. Ermilio, Executive Director, Mass Office of Business Development.
Buddy Rocha, Regional Director, Mass Office of Business Development
Paul Vigeant, Assistant Chancellor for Economic Development
James Mathes, YMCA Southcoast

Past Chairmen
James Karam, J. Karam Management Inc.
William Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, Ottaway Local Media Group
Thomas Lyons, Retired President, BankFive

Jennifer Menard, Executive Director
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#5 Jun 14, 2013
Charlestown Rhode Island

LETTER: Towns battling noise after wind turbines installed

Editor’s note: This is an open letter to the Charlestown Zoning Board of Review. It was accompanied by media reports about the Fairhaven, Mass., decision.

As you consider the possible impacts to the Charlestown community of allowing the installation by Whalerock Renewable Energy, LLC, of two 410-foot Vestas V90 wind turbines, I thought you might be interested to know the Fairhaven, Mass., Board of Health on Monday voted unanimously to order the immediate nighttime shutdown of two similar (but slightly smaller) industrial wind turbines there.

The Board of Health acted after receiving over 400 citizen complaints about adverse health impacts from the two 1.5 MW wind turbines, including sleep deprivation, headaches, tinnitus, pressure on the ears and elevated blood pressure.

The Fairhaven Board of Health ordered the shutdown because of its belief that the wind turbines constituted a serious public health hazard.

The Fairhaven Board of Selectmen, in turn, officially notified the developer that the noise of the wind turbines not only violated state noise regulations, but also violated a contractual agreement with the Town of Fairhaven that the noise of the wind turbines at the nearest residences would not exceed 60 decibels and gave him 30 days to resolve the problem. Testing last August revealed the wind turbine noise did exceed 60 decibels to the nearest property.

As you may be aware, there are dozens of homes in Charlestown that would be as close, or closer to the proposed wind turbines there than distance between the wind turbines and the affected residences in Fairhaven.

As you may also be aware, the developer’s noise study for Fairhaven inaccurately predicted that the noise from the wind turbines there (which are smaller than the Vestas V90) would be in compliance with Massachusetts noise standards and that the wind turbine noise would not exceed 60 decibels at the nearest residences.

In practice, not only does the noise from the Fairhaven wind turbines exceed the estimates of the noise study, the allowable state noise limits and the 60 decibel limit contracted by the town; the wind turbines have been found to produce profound adverse health effects even when they operate in compliance with the state noise standards.

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