Senate Defeats Measure to Protect Health of Vermonters

Apr 01, 2016 No Comments by

The Vermont State Senate, bending to the will of energy lobbyists, defeated a measure that would have required operators of wind turbine operators to carry out continuous noise monitoring.

Wind turbines operate under state-issued “certificates of public good” that established operational noise limits. These limits were intended to protect the health of turbine neighbors. But, noise monitoring is performed only periodically and it is carried out by the operators themselves. Neighbors complain that the turbines are frequently out of compliance and that the turbines are noticeably quieter when they are being monitored. Think Volkswagen.

The state’s Public Service Board has already found Green Mountain Power’s Lowell turbines to be out of compliance with noise restrictions and has required GMP to implement a continuous noise monitoring program. The program has been underway for months, but the PSB is keeping monitoring data secret.

A measure, proposed by Senator Christopher Bray, would have required continuous noise monitoring to ensure that turbine operators were living up to the commitments to the state. Noise monitoring results would be available to the public.

Bray abandoned support for his own amendment under the pressure of the industrial wind turbine lobby and the measure was defeated by the full senate in a vote of 18 to 8.

Senators voting against this important measure to protect the health of Vermonters:

AgainstMonitoring

Senators voting to protect the health of Vermonters:
ForMonitoring

Absent
McAllister, Norm – Franklin – Republican
McCormack, Dick – Windsor – Democrat
Sears, Dick – Bennington – Democrat
Starr, Robert – Essex-Orleans – Democrat

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