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Turbine update: Board of Health asks for draft regulation  

Credit:  By Kathryn Gallerani | Wicked Local Kingston | Sep. 19, 2014 | kingston.wickedlocal.com ~~

KINGSTON – The Board of Health will stay on track creating new flicker regulations while continuing to monitor Independence wind turbine compliance with state noise regulations.

The Board receives daily reports on Independence’ operations, including wind speed and wind direction. One of those reports indicates the turbine was shut down Sunday, Aug. 31, because it was not in compliance. Shutdown is a requirement of the board’s abatement order issued Aug. 11.

The turbine was shut down again Sunday, Aug. 15, this time for testing of ambient noise levels and maintenance.

After a brief update regarding noise Monday night, the board debated what Chairman Joe Casna described as a request by Town Counsel Jay Talerman to table discussion of a flicker regulation. Casna said Talerman has asked that the board not “muddy the waters” by continuing to discuss flicker regulations during the 60-day appeal period for the issuance of the abatement order.

Questioning the request, Board of Health member Toni Cushman argued that sound and flicker are two different issues and should be kept that way. Town counsel is drafting a regulation on behalf of the Board of Health.

“We have two separate issues,” she said. “I don’t want to lose what we’ve started on the flicker regulation.”

Board of Health member Bill Watson said he would not be comfortable with a delay with more than half the 60 days already having passed and no Board of Health meeting until Oct. 6. He said he wants to see a draft flicker regulation that night so the board can hold a public hearing Oct. 20.

“Let’s keep moving on,” he said.

Source:  By Kathryn Gallerani | Wicked Local Kingston | Sep. 19, 2014 | kingston.wickedlocal.com

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