Falmouth, Mass. Votes To Keep Wind Turbines
Voters in Falmouth have rejected a plan to take down wind turbines because of complaints about noise and health impacts. Voters rejected the measure Tuesday by a 2-1 margin. Since the two 400-foot-tall turbines were installed, about 40 households in the neighborhood have complained about headaches, vertigo and sleep interruption. After the initial complaints, the town tried curtailing the operation on windy days. Then, they shut them off at night.
But some residents began a push to take the turbines altogether. Both turbines are located at the town’s waste water treatment facility. The first turbine began running in 2010. Proponents said support for the turbines is silent but strong and the renewable energy and revenues they produce.