Walter wants more info on wind turbines

03/23/2011 4:33 PM |

Supervisor Sean Walter said he now thinks the Town Board needs more information before it decides whether or not to move forward with a plan to build a $1.8 million, 275-foot high, 750kw wind turbine at the town sewer plant off Riverside Drive.

The turbine is expected to generate enough energy savings to pay for itself within 11 years, and to bring about a savings of $5 million over 25 years. But while most of the speakers at a February public hearing on the plan gave it positive reviews, it has since met with opposition from residents of Riverside Drive and neighboring streets. They have sent several letters of objection as well as a petition with about 32 signatures opposing the turbine.

Mr. Walter said he planned to speak with a representative from the New York Power Authority about wind turbines, and also take a trip to see some wind turbines in Atlantic City, N.J. He said if there’s support on the Town Board, he also will ask the power authority to organize a public information meeting on wind turbines.

“We’re all new to this,” Mr. Walter said. “We don’t want to jump in too quickly but don’t want to let a good idea pass either. We’ve got to do a little more research.”

He said the town must decide if a wind turbine is appropriate in a residential area.

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  • Blade failures have been observed that have sent large pieces of metal flying at high speeds, which could easily be fatal to anyone in the way. Wind turbines can also produce noise that can be a distraction or annoyance. They cause Vibro-Acoustic Disease (VAD), and acoustic radiation. This type of injury is considered in the context of Human Rights, where it is contended that the environmental noise pollution destroys a person’s effective enjoyment of right to respect for home and private life. Studies conducted in the neighborhoods of airports have clearly demonstrated that chronic invasive sound involves neuro-biological reactions associated with an increased frequency of hypertension and cardiovascular illness. The sounds emitted by the blades being low frequency, which therefore travel easily and vary according to the wind, constitute a permanent risk for the people exposed to them.
    From a mile away, Dr Amanda Harry, a local GP who did the research, said: ‘People demonstrated a range of symptoms from headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, palpitations and tinnitus to sleep disturbance, stress, anxiety and depression. These symptoms had a knock-on effect in their daily lives, causing poor concentration, irritability and an inability to cope’. Onshore wind turbines are a health hazard to people living near them because of the low- frequency noise that they emit

    Read more: Wind Turbine Dangers |

    Read more: Wind Turbine Dangers |

  • Perhaps the Town would be better served by creating a contraption (by no bid contract, of course) to harness the hot air engendered by the Moonlighting Supervisor as he and his “political conscience” as they try to spin reasons why will be dumped by his own party.

  • Perhaps the Town would be better served by creating a contraption (by no bid contract, of course) to harness the hot air engendered by the Moonlighting Supervisor as he and his “political conscience” as they try to spin reasons why will be dumped by his own party.

  • I’ve read Amanda Harry’s “research,” which would get bounced out of a 6th-grade science fair. More than 1/2 her “study” cites newspaper reporters–not scientists–or references self-published, non-peer-reviewed, unscientific critics. Calling something “VibroAcoustic Disease” doesn’t make it real; this alleged disorder doesn’t appear to be recognized or studied by any scientists other than the guys in Portugal who coined the phrase, years ago.

    If you have real data from controlled tests that indicates the sewer district turbine might cause real problems for those nearby, by all means present it to the town for review. Otherwise, stand back & let the community proceed with this small-but-enlightened step toward a responsible energy future.

  • Regardless of anything the noise is a factor and apart from this it’s a question of land use and planning.

    Why not site this in wasteland and land designated for light industry or commercial use, instead of residential neighborhood? It’s not like there’s no choice. Doesn’t make any sense.

  • You call yourself the truth, while citing sources that are by and large unreliable.

  • There seems to be a lot of denial about the dangers of wind-turbines. I suggest that the nay-Sayers show their own research or shut the hell up. The dangers of acoustic radiation are well founded and peer reviewed, and that’s the truth. So open the town up to more lawsuits because of the damage that will be done to animal habitat and human suffering. It just like Riverhead people to think backwards.

  • Councilman Dunleavy had it half right. Property values in the area of the wind turbine would drop dramatically.

    but more importantly, “Wind turbines kill bats!”

    As predators of insects bats serve an important role in nature. Although they only produce 1-2 offspring per year bats can live for thirty years in the wild. On forested ridges near bat caves large numbers of bats are being killed by industrial wind turbines. New evidence indicates the air pressure difference created as the huge turbine blades sweep by bursts blood vessels in the bat’s lungs causing instant death.