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Scituate: Neighbors upset over wind turbine noise update

The Scituate Board of Health met Monday night and heard from consultants testing the noise level of Scituate’s municipal wind turbine.

The board finally brought in Scituate Wind LLC’s consultant for an update on the progress of noise testing, because they were concerned that they had not seen any report at all.

The consultants have been contracted to take four noise samples beginning in March, but said they were only able to get one sample in April, because there hasn’t been enough wind to get the turbine up to maximum power.

Mark Wallace from Tech Environmental said that one noise sample that was taken at four locations in the neighborhood shows the noise from Scituate’s wind turbine is hardly perceptible, which is completely at odds with neighbor’s complaints.

“The result of this analysis is basically the fact that the wind turbine was barely audible under these conditions, at any of the locations,” Wallace said.

However, community group member Michelle Banning lashed out at Scituate Wind for testing at a low power output and from a wind direction that does not affect the neighbors.

“I just want you to see (the board of health) that what he’s telling you is slightly misleading. We have been very transparent right from the start. We have documented everything. We’ve sent things to the board. We’ve done our own research. We’ve told you time and time again and all of a sudden these protocols are taking priority. They mean nothing! You are going to get nothing and that’s what they want you to get – nothing!”

Neighbors say noise testing should be during a southwest wind rather a west wind, as tested by the consultant.