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Scituate turbine impacts brought to Board of Health

November 17, 2012

Dave Dardi makes a point as Joanne Levesque looks on during the BOH meeting. Photo credit: Gary Higgins

In his Patriot Ledger article Neighbors blame windmill on Driftway for headaches, dizziness, Patrick Ronan reported the dilemma for Scituate posed by the Scituate Wind turbine, which has already caused headaches for residents. During the Board of Health meeting (11/14/12), a video clip of the strobing light that assaults the McKeever home on sunny days looped in the background.

Jessica Bartlett’s piece in Boston.comScituate turbine to remain on as Board of Health discusses next steps, also described the meeting, where two members would not support Francis Lynch’s motion to stop the turbines at night.

“It was pretty clear that the Board of Health, in not even providing a second to Mr. Lynch’s motion to at least shut it down in the evening, that there will not be any action in terms of a shutdown permanently or temporarily,” Tom Thompson, a Scituate resident and spokesman for the affected neighbors, said after the meeting. “As a community we will be considering how we want to respond to that.”

Instead the BOH voted to create a committee composed of BOH, resident, and Scituate Wind representatives to establish parameters for a new study of the turbines. Meanwhile, residents continue to suffer.

According to Driftway residents Mike and Lauren McKeever, the shadow flicker they experience three hours a day in their home, which is less than 1,000 feet from the turbine, is unbearable.
“You have no idea how difficult it is. We can’t go in any one of our rooms, we have to go in the basement or get out of the house. I’m so furious and so irritated by this. What am I supposed to do? What do you do? I have to leave my house from 1:30-3:30 every day it’s sunny out. That’s wrong… I’m a prisoner,” Mark McKeever said.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Kapsambelis permalink
    November 18, 2012 7:24 am

    A typical wind turbine with a specified sound power level of 103 dB(A) will produce a sound level of 40 dB(A) at 400 meters (1,300 feet). In Falmouth, Wind -1 which is typical at 103 dB(A), produced a sound level of 50 dB(A) 1,320 feet away as measured by the MassDEP. Doubling the distance from a sound source reduces the sound level by 6 dB(A). At 2,640 feet the sound level will drop to 44 dB(A). At 5,280 feet that sound level drops to 38 dB(A).

    The World Health Organization limits noise to 35 dB(A). The recent MassDEP/BOH Wind Turbine Health Impact Study recommends a limit of 37 dB(A). Wind turbines sited around 1,000 feet from peoples’ homes was a huge mistake and the turbines need to be removed.

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