Cape Cod Wind Turbine
To Be Shut Down
Complaints from neighbors about noise from two wind turbines has led the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency to call for one of them to shut down.
The state EPA released a report May 15 that found one turbine, located less than 1,500 feet away from the nearest home, had regularly exceeded allowable noise levels.
The state EPA commissioner said his agency takes the findings very seriously. At the same time he said it could not be concluded that what was found at this site could be generalized to other locations.
The agency recommended that the turbine in question be turned off for 30 days while further studies are conducted. Other communities in the area where turbines have been installed near residential areas have actively fought to shut them down.
Symptoms opponents report include dizzyness, headaches, anxiety, nausea, vertigo and depression. Windwise-Massachusetts has opposed wind projects around the state. A member of it’s steering committee said.
People have been complaining since the turbines were first operational. She said that this kind of reaction to turbines was happening all over the world.
State senator Theresa Murray said industrial turbines do not belong I residential neighborhoods. She added wind energy has the potential to provide financial and environmental advantages, However, there is a need for these projects to be done responsibly.
For more on wind turbine noise studies see fishermensvoice.com/ wind energy.