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Hoosac Wind poses persistent questions  

Credit:  The Berkshire Eagle | 02/08/2015 | www.berkshireeagle.com ~~

We enjoyed the quiet in the neighborhood as the Hoosac Wind turbines were not running for a couple of days last week. We have been missing our quiet neighborhood, especially at night. Thanks to Lisa Schifilliti of Rep. Gail Cariddi’s office, we finally received notice of the Administrative Consent Order (ACO) with Iberdrola for Hoosac Wind, although we also did receive something after from Clarksburg as well in the mail.

The recent complaint line for Hoosac Wind is a welcome addition for the neighbors of the project. That said, on a recent Monday just before midnight I did have cause to use it as Hoosac Wind was very noisy and we could hear the turbines in our bedroom. The woman for the messaging service was very courteous and told me she would forward my complaint to those responsible at Iberdrola and we would be contacted. No response and while I do acknowledge a storm was forecast at that time, very little snow had occurred. No follow up or investigatory response element – why not?

I hope a few questions will be answered. What is the schedule for pure tone analysis and mitigation? Why is turbine 29 dBA being used for ambient sound in the event they perform testing but are unable to have the turbines shut down for the purpose of measuring actual background? During testing in 2013 ambient sound was measured down to 21 LA90. Why wouldn’t Iberdrola shut down the turbines for ambient sound measurements? Will all the turbines be shut down during ambient testing? In 2013, 2 turbines, T1 and T2 were not shut down during ambient testing for some reason.

For over two years our neighborhoods have been plagued with noise from the project with slight progress being achieved. The neighbors will not have fewer issues if Iberdrola is fined for being out of compliance of the Administrative Consent Order. What we need is sound sleep and not be disturbed by noise from the project.

Larry Lorusso

Source:  The Berkshire Eagle | 02/08/2015 | www.berkshireeagle.com

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