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Looming prospect of turbine shutdown hangs over Kingston  

Credit:  By Bradford Randall | Dec 18th, 2012 | kingstonjournal.com ~~

KINGSTON- Confusion and frustration ruled the Board of Health meeting last night as acoustical consultants discussed ways to monitor noise emitted from the Kingston Independence Turbine.

Joseph Casna, Chairman of the Board of Health, told a fired-up audience on Monday night that he expected the discussion to encompass all four of Kingston’s controversial wind turbines.

“I think I made myself pretty clear, I sent numerous emails to the Board of Health saying that the Independence Turbine is the turbine we’ll be talking about tonight,” said Peter McPhee of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

MassCEC had the floor for over two hours and accepted feedback from citizens impacted from the Kingston Independence Turbine. The meeting was described as “informal” with no legal ramifications by Stacie Smith of the Consensus Building Institute.

After the informal town-hall session, the Board of Health voted to send a letter to MassCEC requesting that the three turbines owned by Mary O’Donnell be added to the acoustic monitoring.

The Kingston Health Board was stopped by Town Counsel from discussing a temporary shutdown of the turbines since the item was not on the Board of Health agenda for last night’s meeting.

“If you made a decision now you would be violating open meeting law and your ruling could be overturned,” said Town Counsel.

Daniel Sapir is on the Board of Health and expressed disappointment after the meeting. “I feel like the line in the sand keeps getting moved,” Sapir told KingstonJournal.com on Monday night.

The Board of Health will meet next meet on January 14th at 6pm in the Kingston Town House to review citizen complaints, and the possibility of a shutdown, regarding Kingston’s wind turbines.

Source:  By Bradford Randall | Dec 18th, 2012 | kingstonjournal.com

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