Whalerock Renewable Energy, LLC Wind Turbines
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#1 Jun 14, 2013
Letter submitted to the Charlestown, RI Zoning Board of Appeals in hearings on a proposal by Whalerock Renewable Energy, LLC to install two 1.8MW Vestas V90 wind turbines in a rural area in close proximity to residences and surrounded by a state park, numerous wildlife refuges and Narragansett Indian Nation tribal land.
Reprinted in the Westerly Sun on June 13th.
Charlestown Rhode Island
LETTER: Towns battling noise after wind turbines installed
Editors 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.
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