GE Refused to place Falmouth Wind 1 T...

GE Refused to place Falmouth Wind 1 Turbine

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Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 May 25, 2012
Please Read the entire Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 80 /Tuesday, April 27, 2010 /Notices

Click on the URL it's two pages and has a section about noise in Falmouth.The domestic manufacturer refused to place a wind turbine in the location of Wind 1 .The issue was setbacks ----------

Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Falmouth, MA

AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2)manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality to the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts for the purchase of a foreign manufactured wind turbine to be installed at its existing wastewater treatment facility

"Thus, the siting would provide sufficient setback distances for the road property line. The domestic manufacturer cited the setback distance to EPA’s national contractor as the basis for its refusal to make its product available for this project. However, the domestic manufacturer’s internal siting considerations also provided for other possible mitigation techniques for properties that do not meet these setback considerations, but the manufacturer did not offer to make its product available based on the potential application of such techniques at this site, notwithstanding that the setback limitations at this site were relatively minor, and can readily be addressed by mitigation techniques.(For example, while a road located within the desired setback distance cannot practically be
moved and will present some continuing risk, a simple property line incursion within the setback distance can effectively be addressed by signs to provide notice of the risk during certain weather conditions.) The foreign manufacturer which has already supplied an identical 1.65 MW wind turbine that meets the technical specifications required by Falmouth at the site has agreed to supply another 1.65 MW wind "

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