State considers turbine noise regulations


Massachusetts environmental officials are considering new regulations that would require state review to determine if proposed wind turbines would be too noisy.

The Boston Globe reported that officials might also conduct sound studies in Fairhaven and Kingston, where residents have complained about noise from existing turbines.

Last week, officials in Falmouth shut down a town-owned turbine after the state Department of Environmental Protection found it made too much noise at a nearby residence.

DEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell said the possible new regulations could require manufacturers to report their expected noise levels to turbine operators. The state could then use computer models to predict their noise at various distances.

Kimmell said, to date, the state has mainly left such testing to local permitting boards.

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