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Fairhaven selectmen will seek meeting with Board of Health

FAIRHAVEN – Martin Suuberg, a commissioner with the Department of Environmental Protection, has asked to meet with the Board of Health to discuss the sound study of the two industrial turbines on town land. Patricia Fowle, health agent, said Wednesday, the meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 21. She said the whole meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be devoted to the discussion with the DEP.

The Department of Environmental Protection has been conducting a sound study to determine if the turbines exceed the 10-decibel threshold for increasing existing noise levels.

Laurel Carlson of the DEP, who is conducting the study, said last week she was waiting for optimal wind conditions to conduct another test.

On Monday, selectmen said they would seek a meeting with the Board of Health to discuss the impact of two industrial wind turbines on local residents.

Select Board Chairman Charles Murphy said Monday he would “like to work with the Board of Health” to resolve complaints residents have reported on “sleep disturbances.”

Told Wednesday of the DEP’s request to meet with the health board, Mr. Murphy said he would try to attend and that other selectmen probably would try to go, too.

The Board of Health has received complaints from more than 50 households about the wind turbines built by Fairhaven Wind LLC on town land.

On Monday, Selectman Geoffrey Haworth, who was elected in April, said he would like a copy of the contract with Fairhaven Wind LLC. Mr. Murphy then asked for copies for each selectman to review.

Soon after taking over as chairman in early April, Mr. Murphy said he wanted the turbines shut off at night so people can sleep.