KINGSTON – The acoustical study of the Independence wind turbine won’t be completed at the end of February as originally anticipated when it began last December.
The collection of sufficient data has been delayed due to challenges encountered by the firm, Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH) Inc., conducting the study.
Once completed, the results will be reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Town Planner Tom Bott has been the point of contact for town officials, while Leland Road resident Doreen Reilly has been receiving notices on behalf of the neighbors and other concerned residents.
Bott said Monday that wind conditions and a problem with the turbine are among the challenges HMMH has faced while conducting the study. According to HMMH, there have been only a few limited opportunities between December and the end of January to even consider taking sound measurements.
Two revisions have been made to the sampling scenarios for the KWI turbine in the past two months. In an email dated Feb. 6, Douglas Fine, DEP’s assistant commissioner for planning and evaluation, explained why the most recent revision was made.
“These revisions are intendeed to expand the opportunities for sampling by broadening the range of wind directions and also expanding the wind speeds included in the scenarios,” Fine said. “The revised scenarios should help us advance the acoustical monitoring study in a more timely manner.”
The ranges of wind direction have been expanded after HMMH determined that the ranges in the acoustical study scope were too narrow. Moderate wind speeds are to be measured. Testing is to be conducted over 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes.
Two consultants, not one, will sample sound at the Schofield Road, Leland Road and Prospect Street sites and ensure monitoring between midnight and 4 a.m. time period. Testing has been extended to Saturdays.
Bott is informed by email each day whether testing will be conducted the following morning. HMMH was unable to conduct testing Tuesday due to an unresolved problem with the turbine’s automatic lubrication unit that has caused previous delays.
“They’re doing the testing as they can,” Bott said.
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