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Wind turbine foes accused of scare tactics

Surfside residents got a big surprise in the mail last week: a letter informing them that the town was considering the installation of a wind turbine in their neighborhood, near the wastewater treatment plant off South Shore Road.

If it came as a shock to Surfside residents, that is because the town, in fact, has no plans to install a wind turbine at the wastewater treatment plant.

The letter, entitled “Wind Turbine Being ‘Considered’ For Surfside,” was written by Common Sense Nantucket, the civic group which formed late last year to oppose the Madaket wind turbine project, and stated “our new concern is that Surfside is the next victim.”

Common Sense Nantucket took a memo written by town consultant George Aronson about theoretical projects that could reduce the town’s energy consumption at the wastewater treatment plant – a memo which also listed a solar installation and other options – and used it as a pawn in its campaign against the very real proposal for a turbine in Madaket.

“That is bogus,” said Energy Study Committee chair Anne Kuszpa. “It’s an alarmist tactic and they’re pounding on people’s emotions.”

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