Eric Turkington’s Nov. 18 commentary, “State bears onus in wind fiasco,” shares parallels with another Falmouth upheaval involving the tainted drinking water production well in the Ashumet Valley section of Falmouth more than 30 years ago.
In 1979 Falmouth turned on a new town water well. For a while, everything seemed to work fine. But then a water quality test detected dangerous chemicals. Suddenly Falmouth had to shut down its new well.
After numerous public debates regarding the best way to clean up its mess, the Air Force began treating the Ashumet Valley plume in 1999 – 18 years after it was discovered.
The ordered shutdown of Wind I has been done to protect human health.
Additional information will be collected from Wind II’s limited operation to better assess town hall remediation efforts. But I and many taxpayers are left to wonder, is this enough?
Falmouth citizens can’t help but ask: Who’s to blame? Who should be financially liable for this “bad bill of goods”? Can the lemon law be applied to wind turbines?
Is the economic harm now levied on Falmouth so different from that imposed in 1979? Falmouth is owed some answers!
Mark J. Cool
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