[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Clayton wind amendments adopted, council to tackle noise levels next  

Credit:  By JAEGUN LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER, THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011, watertowndailytimes.com ~~

CLAYTON – The Town Council, upon approving a stricter wind-power zoning law unanimously Wednesday night, pledged to put a stricter cap on wind turbine noise levels soon.

“I think we all agree that we need to drop this level from 50,” said Christopher D. Matthews, referring to the town’s 50-decibel noise limit for commercial wind turbines under Local Law No. 1 of 2007.

Mr. Matthews said that the new limit should be “consistent with neighboring towns” and that he would like to see it agreed upon within the next couple of months.

“We have some documentation and research done by the town’s wind committee that we can lean on, as well as additional information if we need that,” Councilman Robert W. Cantwell III said.

Clayton’s wind committee recommended that the council limit turbine noise levels to 5 decibels above ambient, among other restrictions on wind development in the town.

This is the town board’s second attempt at adopting stricter noise limits for commercial wind turbines.

On April 28, 2010, Clayton rejected a proposed wind law that would have expanded setbacks and further limited noise levels with two “no” votes – by Supervisor Justin A. Taylor and the late Councilman Donald I. Turcotte.

The motion required a supermajority vote owing to a pro-wind petition submitted to the board.

A year later, Mr. Taylor made a 180-degree turn on the issue and proposed stricter regulations on wind development.

Mr. Taylor’s zoning amendment, adopted 5-0 at a regular town board meeting Wednesday, increases wind turbine setbacks to 1,250 feet from nonparticipating property lines, instead of from residences, and requires wind companies to reimburse wind district residents if they are unable to sell their properties at assessed value after a year, among other things.

Under the new set of criteria for commercial wind farms, developers also will be required to have 75 percent of each turbine and its structural components manufactured in the United States and 75 percent of the work force used to construct and install the turbines come from Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

“The biggest thing we need to wrestle is: what is ambient?” Mr. Taylor said. “How do you measure it? When do you measure it? What time of the year do you measure it? How high do you have the measuring device? There are so much non-definable points.”

Mr. Taylor said the town board will “not be able to please everybody” with its new noise limits but is nonetheless committed to developing “defendable and reasonable” restrictions on noise.

“The law needs to be the right thing for the community,” Mr. Taylor said. “What is the right noise level? We’re going to get into this deeper and figure out what that is.”

Source:  By JAEGUN LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER, THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011, watertowndailytimes.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.