Middle-school student Brian Reilly says he can’t play basketball on Leland Road when the strobing effect from the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine’s shadow flicker is at full throttle. “I get a wicked bad headache so I have to go inside,” Brian told the Journal as he stood on the front steps of his neighbors house.
Dan Alves, also a resident of Leland Road, refuses to allow his epileptic son to stay in his bedroom when the KWI Turbine’s shadow flicker penetrates into his house. “That’s pretty much the rule,” Alves told the Journal on Friday afternoon. “We don’t want him in his room but we’re not always home so we can’t control it.”
Alves said that he has asked next-door neighbors to check on his son when he’s not home. “My next-door neighbor actually came over and asked [my son] to leave the room,” Alves said.
“You can’t concentrate,” Alves said as he sat in his dining room speaking with reporters and squinting into the flicker from the KWI Turbine. “You can’t read a book, you can’t read the paper, you can’t relax.”
Alves said his wife is also affected by the KWI Turbine and has refused to use her kitchen when the flicker occurs.
The Journal spent nearly an hour and a half at Alves’ Leland Road residence on Friday and documented flicker from 4:35 to 5:20 p.m.
Alves said the flicker had begun 15 minutes before the Journal arrived, which would bring the duration of Friday’s shadow-flicker event to 60 minutes at the Alves homestead.
“If folks knew exactly what was going on with our daily lives…we can’t enjoy our own property…they would side with us,” Alves said.
Alves also said he believes that the public misconceives the effects that the KWI Turbine has on areas within range of the turbine’s shadow flicker and noise pollution. “It is hard to believe, I’ll admit it,” Alves said.
Alves added that he does not think the siting of the KWI Turbine, which sits atop the capped landfill on land leased from the Town of Kingston, was appropriate.
“Shut the turbine off,” Alves said. “That’s the only thing I’ll be satisfied with…it just doesn’t make sense to put this [turbine] in the middle of a residential neighborhood.”
To see the full effects of shadow flicker, and the full video of KingstonJournal.com’s interview with Dan Alves, simply press play on the embedded video at the top of this story.
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