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Kingston Board of Health modifies Independence wind turbine abatement order

The Board of Health Monday night approved a modified abatement order that changes the requirements for shutting down the Independence wind turbine when in excess of state noise regulations, standards and policies.

Wind direction will no longer be a determining factor dictating when the turbine will be shut down, and the turbine would need to be shut down for an additional hour a day under certain conditions.

The order requires that the turbine be shut down year-round between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. when wind speeds reach at least 7 meters per second at the turbine hub, regardless of wind direction, and between 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. when wind speeds exceed 9 meters or more per second, also regardless of wind direction.

The first abatement order approved by the Board of Health in August 2014 required shutdown from midnight to 4 a.m. when the wind is blowing from a south or southwest direction in excess of 8 meters per second.

Kingston Wind Independence LLC is also ordered to conduct additional sound sampling to refute predicted exceedances of state noise regulations at locations east of Route 3 and in the Copper Beech Drive neighborhood west of Route 3. Additional study would be conducted in accordance with state protocol.

The order additionally opens the door to KWI employing a low noise mode rather than shutting down the turbine, but KWI must first prove that the turbine would be in compliance with the state’s noise regulation by conducting further studies.

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