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Board of Health focuses on wind turbine remediation with next meeting  

Credit:  Kathryn Gallerani, Reporter | Posted Jul. 25, 2014 | kingston.wickedlocal.com ~~

A Board of Health public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, will focus on potential remediation measures to bring the Kingston Wind Independence turbine into compliance.

The two instances of violation of the state’s noise regulation by the Kingston Wind Independence turbine occurred from 1 to 3 a.m. during sampling.

A Board of Health public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, will focus on potential remediation measures to bring the turbine into compliance.

At Thursday night’s Board of Health meeting, experts from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and consultants Harris, Miller, Miller, and Hanson reviewed partial results of an acoustical study of the Independence by HMMH with the board and the public.

The interim report included results from 13 Schofield Road March 2 and 15 when the state noise regulation was violated.

Board of Health Chairman Joe Casna said after the meeting the preferred outcome would be that attorneys for the town and Kingston Wind Independence with assistance from DEP meet before Aug. 11 to draft a mediation agreement that the Board of Health would discuss and possibly approve.

If that is not possible, the public hearing would be first an opportunity for public comment and then a discussion of the interim results and a possible vote on remediation options KWI would be ordered to follow.

Four of the five Board of Health members were present Thursday night. Board member Jack Breen was on a scheduled vacation but informed the board Monday night he would watch a recording of the meeting and catch up on the latest information.

DEP will continue to review the results of the study and offer the Board of Health assistance with mitigation options, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Evaluation Douglas Fine said. He said mitigation options have been employed successfully elsewhere, specifically mentioning Fairhaven.

“We very much want to help you (the Board of Health) and help the town make progress and move forward on this,” Fine said.

Source:  Kathryn Gallerani, Reporter | Posted Jul. 25, 2014 | kingston.wickedlocal.com

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