[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

MassDEP Wind and Noise Technical Advisory Group  

Credit:  www.cbuilding.org ~~

In January 2012, MassDEP released for public review and comment a Wind Turbine Health Impact Study. The study was conducted by an independent expert panel, and included several recommended best practices for addressing wind turbine noise.  After reviewing the study and over 500 comments, many accompanied by additional information for MassDEP review, MassDEP concluded that the information currently available suggests the need to consider revisions to MassDEP’s noise regulations and policy to address wind turbine noise.

In response to the Wind Turbine Health Impact Study and comments received, in June 2013, MassDEP convened a technical advisory group to consider potential revisions to its noise regulations and policy.

The purpose of the MassDEP Wind Turbine and Noise Technical Advisory Group (WNTAG) is to provide technical advice to MassDEP on how best to craft effective regulatory and policy responses to wind turbine installations and possible noise impacts. MassDEP seeks a policy and regulations for wind turbine noise that encourage appropriate wind development, provides regulatory clarity for developers, towns and communities, and are protective of public health and the environment.

The scope of the Technical Advisory Group includes offering advice to MassDEP on the following:

  • Potential revisions to the existing noise policy and regulations to explicitly address unique characteristics of wind turbine sounds, including amplitude modulation.
  • Technical issues associated with technical implementation of the policy, and with monitoring ambient and project sound levels.
  • A possible pre-construction permitting requirement for wind turbines, including discussion of modeling requirements.

MassDEP sought to create a Technical Advisory Group with: 1) technical expertise and knowledge of the issues; and, 2) a range of stakeholder perspectives and views. The membership of the WNTAG was appointed by the Commissioner, and a list of members is available here.

WNTAG meetings are open to the public, and agendas include a specified time for brief public comments. As the WNTAG meetings are held primarily for the benefit of developing and offering advice by WNTAG members to MassDEP, time allowed for public comment will be limited to ensure that other meeting topics can be covered.

All media requests should go to the designated MassDEP representative.

Important Dates

Oct 29

MassDEP Wind and Noise Technical Advisory Group (WNTAG) Meeting Four

Each meeting will be held at the same time and in the same place.

When: 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Where: Massachusetts DEP, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108

Source:  www.cbuilding.org

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.