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Daytime relief a necessity  

Credit:  Falmouth Enterprise | 25 September 2012 ~~

Town residents will hopefully understand that just because the board of health does not get continuing complaints from us does not indicate in any way that turbines are no longer impacting our health. Over a year ago we wrote and let the board know that sending in messages to the “complaint” line was impossible as we would be doing so several times a day most days of the year. This summer was the third summer in which we were unable to enjoy being outside of our home, working in our garden, reading on our porch, or playing in the yard with our grandchildren. These activities normally have a positive effect on our health. They reduce stress, make us happy and give us a feeling of doing something worthwhile. Instead, being outside makes us angry at the situation into which we have been forced and we feel depressed.

We are faced with the necessity of leaving our home as much as possible. We are fortunate to be retired, something we looked forward to for over 40 years of marriage. But this means we don’t have to leave our home to go to work eight hours a day and instead are home with turbine noise. What are we to do every day from 7 AM to 7 PM? We are fortunate to not have to move anymore, having had to move numerous times in our government service career. If we have to move, we have the stress of either not being able to sell our house at all or getting very little for it. Most of us count on the value in our home for our retirement.

We are also confronted with the gathering amount of information on the possible dangers of infrasound (impacts we cannot hear) to one’s health, per Lin and Jack Whitehead’s September 18 Enterprise letter. How should we feel when we are subject to these effects from an unmitigated turbine running full speed one-quarter of a mile away in the heavy winds we are now experiencing? Why should our turbines be running
when there are so many unanswered questions and ongoing studies as to their impact on people’s health? Why will the planning board’s proposed bylaws protect all the rest of Falmouth residents from living near an industrial turbine (no more will be allowed) but won’t protect us?

It is not just the sound but, two days ago, the pressure was terrible. Adequate daytime sound testing has never been done. While after two and one-half years of “trying things” we see no real answer other than to completely turn them off, as a first step can we at least have the 10 meters/second mitigation reinstated during daytime hours, until the board of health’s new confidential health study is completed?

Kathie C. and Day O. Mount
Blacksmith Shop Road
East Falmouth

Source:  Falmouth Enterprise | 25 September 2012

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