KINGSTON – An acoustic study of the Independence wind turbine conducted by the state Department of Environmental Protection will go forward.
Kingston Wind Independence co-owner and manager Kially Ruiz said while there is still disagreement over the methodology, the monitoring will go forward as soon as MassDEP is ready to begin compliance testing.
“We are fully cooperating with DEP to conduct acoustic monitoring,” he said. “We’re welcoming them to conduct any kind of testing they want with the understanding that it will be done professionally and using an accurate methodology.”
Ruiz said no conditions have been placed on KWI’s cooperation, but Ruiz said he still has the same concerns he shared in a recent letter to Gov. Deval Patrick. Ruiz argued in the letter that DEP’s flawed noise testing protocol threatens the development of renewable energy sources in Massachusetts.
Acting Town Administrator Nancy Howlett said she was notified Friday by Ruiz that he would cooperate fully with an acoustic study and that it could begin immediately.
Board of Health Chairman Joe Casna said he’s pleased with this development that resulted from meetings between KWI and DEP.
“It is great news,” he said. “It’s good that it came about.”
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