Mary O’Donnell's Kingston turbines in...

Mary O’Donnell's Kingston turbines in compliance?

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 May 31, 2013
Are Mary O’Donnell's Kingston turbines in compliance?
Independent study claims they’re not compliant with DEP noise regulation
By Kathryn Gallerani
Wicked Local Kingston
Posted May 31, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

KINGSTON — Country Club Way resident Tim Dwyer wants to meet with selectmen to review what he describes as evidence that Mary O’Donnell’s three wind turbines are out of compliance with state noise regulations.
In a letter to selectmen dated May 23, Dwyer requests a meeting on June 4 to explain why he believes her three turbines are clearly out of compliance, in violation of her contract with the town. He said he lays out as clearly as he can that these turbines are out of compliance.

Dwyer and other residents affected by O’Donnell’s wind turbines hired their own acoustical engineer to perform sound measurements on her turbines. On the evening of April 2 and 3, Noise Control Engineering Inc. of Billerica took sound measurements at four homes surrounding the O’Donnell turbines and at a reference location to establish ambient noise levels.

He said Noise Control Engineering concluded based on this testing that the O’Donnell wind turbines are generating noise that is in excess of the state’s broadband noise guideline.(See attachment)

“The evidence that the O’Donnell turbines are operating outside the boundaries of the DEP noise regulation is incontrovertible, and the effects are devastating,” he writes.“Residents are being forced to abandon their homes during periods of high wind speeds. Others, with no alternative, simply hunker down and try to survive day-to-day with a debilitating lack of sleep.”

O’Donnell said she has submitted the report by Noise Control Engineering to her own acoustic consultants and from what she’s been told doesn’t believe the report holds any weight.

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