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North Kingstown wind turbine proposal controversy  

Credit:  Reported by T.J. del Santo, WPRI, www.wpri.com 4 January 2011 ~~

North Kingstown’s planning commission meeting scheduled for Thursday night is expected to be so well attended, that it was moved to the high school. The hot topic – wind turbines.

A company called Wind Energy Development has proposed building two wind turbines in town.

The first is slated for the North Kingstown green; it’s already been approved by the town’s zoning board.

The second to be built on Stamp Farm on Rt. 2. This plan is stirring up the most debate.

It would be a 427 foot turbine. By comparison, the New England Tech turbine on I-95 is 156 feet tall.

Positioned 431 feet from the highway, some residents say this is still too close for comfort.

David Darlington, a spokesman for Wind Energy Development, says improvements have been made in the past 15 years to prevent catastrophic results from an unlikely collapse. “I understand neighbors and residents concerns over those sort of things, that’s why the town has ordinances that address all of those items.”

Robert Beatty serves on the Homeowner Association, “This is a residential community. There are houses within 500 feet of 427 tall windmill.”

Residents are also concerned about an inaudible hum which one study says can cause a number of problems including tremors, dizziness and nausea.

Wind Energy Development says that’s one study and there’s really no scientific proof that the problems exist.

Source:  Reported by T.J. del Santo, WPRI, www.wpri.com 4 January 2011

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