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Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda: Wednesday January 23

Many Falmouth residents are expected to turn out to voice their opinion on wind turbine options Wednesday night at the Board of Selectmen's meeting.

The Board of Selectmen’s meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Selectmen’s meeting room at Town Hall.

Agenda:

1. Selectmen Discuss and Vote Process
2. Public Comment – Wind Turbine Options

Bill Carson January 23, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Documents and testimony has been presented that concludes that wind turbines,if placed to close to residents,can harm human health. An increasing number of turbines are being sited too close to humans in Falmouth, Fairhaven, Scituate and Kingston. The symptoms include: sleep disturbance,headache,ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus), ear pressure,dizziness, vertigo,nausea, visual blurring, racing heartbeat (tachycardia), irritability, problems with concentration and memory and panic episodes with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep. The noise is called "wind turbine syndrome" and determined that its primary cause is the effect of low-frequency wind turbine noise on the organs of the inner ear. The wind turbines are denying the fundamental rights of every human being
Blowin Smoke January 23, 2013 at 01:31 AM
The good news is: for once Carson isn't obsessing about gearboxes. The other news is: he's excreting tired old propaganda about wind turbine syndrome. Take a look at what the MA DEP/DPH independent expert panel said, a year ago - "There is no evidence for a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a "Wind Turbine Syndrome." Claims that infrasound from wind turbines directly impacts the vestibular system have not been demonstrated scientifically. Available evidence shows that the infrasound levels near wind turbines cannot impact the vestibular system." http://www.mass.gov/dep/public/press/0112wind.htm
Bill Carson January 23, 2013 at 02:39 AM
The state spent $400,000.00 for 26 meetings over eight months for the poor siting of commercial wind turbines in Falmouth ,Massachusetts . The former semi quasi state agency the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was the state's economic development agency for renewable energy. This agency sold two Vestas V 82 commercial wind turbines in the Town of Falmouth area .The agency changed its name to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center after the politically embarrassing mistakes. The turbines were kept in a warehouse in Texas for five years at $3500.00 a month. We recommend that the Town of Falmouth Board of Selectmen, with assistance from a neutral facilitator, convene a Falmouth Wind Turbine Option Analysis Committee (the Committee), made up of themselves and representatives of those concerned about adverse affects on neighbors, supporters of Falmouth-based renewable energy, supporters and beneficiaries of fiscal impacts, and relevant town government departments, to meet as needed to clarify the range of potential long-term options, identify the questions for investigation, determine legitimate methods for answering those questions, jointly review the information, and re-evaluate the options given the new information
Bill Carson January 23, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Gearboxes ? The Falmouth Wind 1 turbine shut down around Thanksgiving for an electrical switch with a "condensation problem" How much is that repair going to cost ? The operation and maintenance costs after three years of operations has been left out ! falmouth wind turbine shut down falmouth wind turbine study dep falmouth wind turbine is too loud falmouth wind turbine noise comments falmouth wind turbine wind 1 falmouth state wants turbine shut over noise mass. moves to shut turbine over noise levels
Kathy Driscoll January 23, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Mr. Carson, The WTOP was not convened for poor siting of the turbine. The purpose of the group was to determine future operation options for the turbines based on complaints by neighbors (flicker, sound and alleged health). Some neighbors have complained about the distance from their home to the turbines, but in no way was the WTOP about siting issues (that is an issue some neighbors, of whom some were on the WTOP, took up after their installation and are taking legal action against the town). In fact, during the eight year period taken to approve the turbines, through Town Meeting votes, was the location even considered to be a problem. They are sited on municipal land next to a landfill, mulch and rock operations, and a highway. The fact that neighbors purchased cheap land next to a wastewater treatment plant should also be noted. These things did not show up after homes were built, they have been there for decades. You might not like wind turbines, but you should not continually put down the people of Falmouth that decided to install these turbines knowingly and openly through a democratic process.
Bill Carson January 23, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Thousands of complaints have been made about turbine noise and the health issues . What happened to all the people in Germany in World War II ?The answer to this is that most Germans say they were unaware of what happened to those that were no longer to be seen on the streets anymore. The residents of Falmouth are well aware of three years of noise complaints who describe the noise as torture. The people of Falmouth through a democratic process are knowingly continue the torture on the abutters of the turbine . The megawatt turbines were a greedy mistake ! These turbines were turned down by many towns and no bids at a public auction because the turbines were not economically feasible .Falmouth got fished in to buy five years old wind turbines with old fashioned gear boxes that only last three to five years The Town of Falmouth failed to do its homewoork - F-- Failure

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