EPA Fails To Compensate Falmouth Wind Turbine Victims

Mass Department of Environmental Protection with approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Took Health & Property Rights

By Frank Haggerty, Neighbor
Dec 18, 2019 6:00 pm ET

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MassDEP & US EPA Took Health- Property Rights- Life Savings
MassDEP & US EPA Took Health- Property Rights- Life Savings (Image Credit Frank Haggerty )

In 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program cash under environment agencies were in the Massachusetts State Revolving Funds for financing investments in drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allocated 5 million of the ARRA Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) money to build Falmouth Wind II the second of two identical foreign-made wind turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Falmouth Town Meeting Members in a rare Special Town Meeting in June of 2009 voted to accept a project regulatory agreement which included 5 million to build Falmouth Wind II.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a project waiver section 1605 “Buy American” requirement of the ARRA to buy a second foreign-made commercial wind turbine for the Town of Falmouth. General Electric a domestic wind turbine company refused to build even one smaller turbine because of residential setbacks and ice throw. In addition, thousands of certified noise complaints had been made to the Falmouth Board of Health over the noise from Falmouth Wind I installed in 2010.

The Environmental Protection Agency is a United States federal government agency whose mission is to protect human and environmental health. The multiple agencies both federal and state were well aware that the Town of Falmouth had a study done by KEMA Inc in 2005 that showed just one foreign-made wind turbine would affect 99 residential homes with noise. GE refused to place a single turbine. The town had never filed special permit 240-166 as stated in the waiver and there was no study done of two foreign-made turbines operating at the same time. The second turbine affected up to 200 residential homes.Subscribe

The foreign-made wind turbine company prior to the construction of Falmouth Wind II warned their turbine generates 110 decibels of noise twice as loud as the GE turbine. The Environmental Protection Agency a United States federal government agency and MassDEP whose mission is to protect human and environmental health ignored the August 2010 warning letter, emails, and memos.

The neighbors of the turbines filed eleven lawsuits over an eight-year period of time against the town over noise and shadow flicker. The worst cases were one individual who spent 3/4 of a million and a second who spent 1/2 of a million. The MassDEP and US EPA took their health, property rights and life savings with absolutely no due process or compensation.

The neighbors were in search of the American Dream a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success taken away for an agenda gone horribly wrong. If they will do it to them they will do it to you.

The Massachusetts courts in June of 2017 shut down both “nuisance” wind turbines which showed MassDEP and US EPA lacked massive levels of transparency and accountability using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds ignoring health and safety.

Falmouth Town Meeting in November 2019 Article 14 voted 2.5 million to take down the turbines.

Massachusetts’ Department of Environmental Protection with the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brokered a 5 million dollar loan on the Town of Falmouth second wind turbine called Falmouth Wind II. The loan is called a project regulatory agreement which required Falmouth Wind II remain energy efficient. The ARRA money was taken from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF).

The turbines are no longer energy efficient since June 2017. The town owes 3.5 million plus 2 percent interest due now.

SRF is a low-interest loan program that helps make major investments in water infrastructure facilities affordable for municipalities, public water suppliers, and regional water and wastewater districts.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in December 1970. It is an agency of the United States federal government whose mission was supposed to protect human and environmental health.

The EPA doled out commercial wind turbine targets based on a nationwide standard and ignored the individual town’s unique geographic characteristics and health of citizens.

In setting commercial wind turbine goals Massachusetts’ Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored health and safety standards leaving neighbors in Falmouth as collateral damage.

The Environmental Protection Agency is a United States federal government agency whose mission failed to protect human and environmental health and compensate the victims of the Falmouth wind turbines.

The US EPA and MassDEP have created an industrial wind turbine bunco scheme of enormous consequence.

The people who value intellectual honesty should not quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government officials.

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