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Fairhaven’s Turbines Ordered Off at Night

June 10, 2013

Starting tonight the town’s two turbines–found out of compliance in MASSDEP noise tests–will be shut down from  7 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to Ariel Wittenberg reporting on the joint meeting of the Board of Health and the Board of Selectmen held at noon today (“Fairhaven halts overnight use of turbines” SouthCoastToday 6/10/13).

The shut down vote of the Fairhaven Board of Health was unanimous, and

the board of selectmen also voted to put the turbines’ developers on 30 days notice because state testing of the turbines revealed that the turbines not only violated state noise regulation but also violated the contract between developers and the Board of Selectmen. Under that contract, noise from the turbines cannot exceed 60 decibels at the nearest property. Testing on Mill Road in August revealed the turbine noise did exceed that number.

Louise Barteau said, “’Honestly, I’m really proud of our boards today,’” according to the SCT online piece. Louise will have more to say on the Phil Paleologos radio show on WBSM ( at 5:00 pm.

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  1. June 10, 2013 6:24 pm

    The irony is that not only the folks in Fairhaven, Falmouth, Kingston, Scituate, Florida, and elsewhere are suffering the ill effects of the giant wind turbines, but each one added to the power grid raises the cost of electricity and avoids no carbon.

    The folks are impacted with noise, ill health, and property loss for nothing in return!

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