SCITUATE – Two engineering firms have expressed interest in conducting a sound study that will determine whether Scituate’s wind turbine is too loud by state standards.
Gordon Deane, principal at Palmer Capital, a co-owner of the turbine, said Tech Environmental of Waltham and Noise Control Engineering of Billerica have filed bids for the acoustical study. The town’s board of health plans to interview both firms Thursday and make a recommendation to Deane.
A group of neighbors who believe that the state’s testing standards are outdated are looking for a consultant to do their own study.
The town’s board of health ordered the study in response to complaints from a group of turbine neighbors who say the turbine’s noise is harming their health. The study, estimated to cost $15,000, will be paid for by Scituate Wind LLC, a joint venture between Palmer Capital and Solaya Energy.
Scituate’s board of health wants the study to take place in April. The study will determine whether the turbine, located next to the town’s wastewater treatment plant off the Driftway, violates state noise standards, which say turbines can’t emit noise more than 10 decibels louder than ambient noise.
The turbine neighbors argue that the study’s results will be flawed because the state’s testing standards are outdated, failing to measure low-frequency sound and amplitude modulation.
Also, the neighbors are asking health officials to study the turbine’s shadow flicker, which they said is tormenting residents.
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