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Massachusetts turbine exceeds state’s noise threshold during study

Kingston Independence turbine exceeds state’s noise threshold during study

Kathryn Gallerani — Wicked Local.com — July 10, 2014

The Kingston Independence wind turbine violated the state’s noise policy two of the nights sound samples were taken as part of an acoustical monitoring study, according to an interim report.

The turbine’s sound levels exceeded the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) noise threshold of 10 decibels over background during sampling March 2 and 15 at the 13 Schofield Road monitoring site, according to the interim report released Tuesday by DEP to the Kingston Board of Health and a list of other interested parties.

Board of Health Chairman Joe Casna said the board will meet Monday, July 21, to discuss what action should be taken, including any potential mitigating measures, to bring the Independence into compliance. He said all interested parties will be notified of the meeting once confirmed.

“It failed,” he said. “It operated outside acceptable noise guidelines. We’ll now meet to determine what steps should be taken.”

Douglas Fine, assistant commissioner for planning and evaluation, said Wednesday that DEP has offered its assistance to the Board of Health as it sets a course of action in response to the violations of the state air pollution regulation. He did not foresee a conflict July 21.

Fine said DEP delegates authority for determining a course of action, in collaboration with the turbine operator, to the Board of Health.

“Now it’s in the Board of Health’s court to move forward,” he said. “The Board of Health will work with the turbine operator to develop and put in place actions that will eliminate any future exceedences of our noise standard.”

Kingston Wind Independence General Manager Kially Ruiz, who has been the face of the turbine operator in Kingston, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fine said there are other instances of turbines violating the noise standard and that DEP has shared mitigation options with the Kingston board. He said DEP will also help the board and the turbine operator understand the conditions in place when the standard was exceeded to properly mitigate and prevent recurrences.  Continue reading here….


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