Fairhaven Wind has been poor 'partner'

Jun 17, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: SouthCoastToday.com

The sound compliance testing underway in Fairhaven already shows that the wind turbines are substantially out of compliance most of the time, in most locations.

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Jack Kelly

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Fairhaven Wind has been poor 'partner'
In his "open letter" of December 2011, Gordon Deane described Fairhaven Wind as the private part of a "partnership" with the town of Fairhaven. Sumul Shah, Jim Sweeney and Deane have been operating a sound nuisance illegally ever since, depriving residence of sleep, the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, and their property value. It is time to reassess this so-called partnership.
June 18, 2013 by Curt Devlin in South Coast Today
The sound compliance testing underway in Fairhaven already shows that the wind turbines are substantially out of compliance most of the time, in most locations. They have been operating illegally since they went up a year and a half ago. Most importantly, Fairhaven Wind LLC knew it.
In his "open letter" of December 2011, Gordon Deane described Fairhaven Wind as the private part of a "partnership" with the town of Fairhaven. Sumul Shah, Jim Sweeney and Deane have been operating a sound nuisance illegally ever since, depriving residence of sleep, the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, and their property value. It is time to reassess this so-called partnership.
Shah told the town that his turbines would be no louder than leaves rustling in the wind. He assured residence that these Chinese-made turbines would be much quieter than the ones in Falmouth. He promised to provide mitigations if turbine noise caused problems for nearby residents.
The DEP results shows conclusively that Shah's turbines are louder than wind in the leaves - much louder! Just as residents have said all along. Moreover, testing shows they are frequently louder than the turbines in Falmouth, too.
Some months ago, Peter Deterra asked Shah to appear before the Board of Health to discuss a mitigation plan in the face of mounting public complaints. Instead of appearing as requested, Shah sent a 15-page document saying that no mitigations were actually possible. His reason:
"As the Board of Health, it is your responsibility to separate legitimate complaints, which could be related to a violation of local or state standards, from complaints which are merely a back-door attempt to implement a tiny minority opinion with respect to construction and operation of the turbines."
In other words, Shah was inferring that many of the complainants are liars, issuing complaints for political purposes, and that he could do nothing to abate the painful noise pollution until the Board of Health determined which complaints were bogus.
Contrary to Shah's allegations, the DEP test sites were specifically chosen based on which locations generated the most complaints. Testing at these locations shows that these residents actually had perfectly good reason for complaining about the noise. The only bogus statements were Shah's.
In Deane's letter mentioned earlier, he claimed that, "There is no evidence that the audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines have any direct adverse physiological effects." In support, he cites the findings of the infamous Expert Panel assembled by DEP.
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Ditlev Engel , Chief Executive Officer of Vestas Corporation wrote a letter about the inability of the company to stop noise.


http://www.windaction.org/documents/33830

Letter from Vestas: Low-frequency noise and wind turbines
December 16, 2011 by Engel, Ditlev
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This important letter written by the CEO of Vestas Wind complains that proposed regulations in Denmark to address low-frequency noise will force larger setback distances. In his letter he admits: "Why it is that Vestas does not just make changes to the wind turbines so that they produce less noise? The simple answer is that at the moment it is not technically possible to do so ..."

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