Once again the siting council has disregarded the call of residents, the Council of Small Towns, sound scientists, and many other experts, all who have called for placement of industrial wind turbines in sensible places. The council resubmitted to the Regulations Review Committee for its Nov. 26 meeting, its suggested wind turbine regulations with only minimal changes after multiple prior rejections by the committee. The council is tone deaf when it comes to the rights of this state’s residents.
Certainly, placement of 500-foot-tall wind turbines 750 feet from a home, as the council’s regulations allow, is an insult to hard-working, freedom-loving Connecticut homeowners. Very clear research has shown that a minimum setback of no less than 3,000 feet is required to ensure safe placement of these turbines so as not to disturb the health and quality of living for residents within that distance.
This was the standard of care established by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council’s 2007 report “Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy Projects.” If the longest-standing research institution, created just after the Civil War, came to these findings, it is astounding that the siting council would suggest such inadequate setback standards.
The siting council may not be listening, but the residents are watching. Stay tuned.
Timothy C. Reilly
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