KINGSTON – A date has been set for the presentation of the latest Independence wind turbine acoustic monitoring results.
That will take place at a Board of Health meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at the Town House.
New Board of Health Chairman Bill Watson said Monday night that the results that show additional exceedances of the state’s noise regulations and policy will be presented at that meeting, but a vote by the board on possible mitigation measures is not expected that night.
“This is part one of a two-part process,” he said.
A public hearing would be scheduled following the informational meeting, and the board could take action that night. The same process was followed after the release of an interim report. Board members want to be sure that town counsel can attend these meetings.
New board member David Kennedy said he consulted with the state Ethics Commission on whether he can participate in discussions relative to the turbines and was directed to fill out a public disclosure form that will allow him to do so.
The recently released study results show that lack of compliance is predicted at a home on Copper Beech Drive, where he lives, is affected by the sound of the turbine, and flicker has been a problem at his home.
“I’ve been cleared to discuss and vote on turbine matters whether it’s flicker or sound,” he said.
Board members asked that he forward a copy of the disclosure form to town counsel, which he agreed to do.
The draft of a final report from consultants hired to conduct a sound study shows additional exceedances of state Department of Environmental Protection noise regulations and policy beyond those identified in an interim report.
Out-of-compliance readings could result in amendment of the abatement order for the turbine or in other mitigation measures. It’s the decision of the Board of Health whether to make changes to the abatement order or take other action.
These additional exceedances, based on actual results and predictions based on mathematical extrapolation of actual measurements, are reported at sampling locations on Schofield Road, Leland Road and Copper Beech Drive.
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