Falmouth Turns Climate Crisis Into A Bold Corruption Crisis Using ARRA Funds

Massachusetts Lawmakers Ignore Federal Wind II Turbine Loan

Falmouth Turns Climate Crisis Into A Bold Corruption Crisis Using ARRA Funds

By Frank Haggerty, Neighbor
Dec 26, 2019 2:39 pm ET

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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey & Senator Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey & Senator Elizabeth Warren (Image Credit Patriotledger.com)

Falmouth Not Paying Back Borrowed 5 Million ARRA Funds On Shut Down Turbines

Falmouth Massachusetts is ground zero for poorly placed wind turbines in the United States due to major application omissions to gain money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to build wind turbines near as many as 200 residential homes.

These are not mistakes. There are far too many omissions to be a mistake.

Twenty one Massachusetts communities suffer from poorly placed wind turbines a disaster.

Wind turbine noise measured in decibels and human annoyance, low frequecy, infra-sound that can make your ear drums hum 24/7.Subscribe

This all started in Falmouth, Massachusetts when the US Environmental Protection Agency through an application process by April 19, 2010, had granted a waiver of the “Buy America” requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts for the purchase of the second town-owned foreign-manufactured Vestas V-82 wind turbine to be installed at its existing wastewater treatment facility site.

ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2)requires the funds do not create a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety and manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality.

In the US Environmental Protection Agency waiver, town and state officials said a domestic General Electric wind turbine was not available and asked through the waiver to install a foreign-made Vestas wind turbine. A General Electric wind turbine was not available because they had refused due to residential setbacks and ice throw to a nearby highway. A glaring omission in the application.

Omissions continued to pile up as officials left out the fact they had been warned before the first installation of an identical Vestas megawatt turbine it generates 110 decibels of noise twice as loud as the GE turbine.

The town during 2005, five years before any installations had a study done by KEMA Inc that showed only one GE wind turbine would affect up to 99 residential homes. Most likely why GE refused in 2008.

The 2005 KEMA study required the town file Special Permit 240-166 which it did not for either wind turbines. The US EPA waiver documents show the town said it would file the special permit another of many omissions.

There was never a noise study done for both wind turbines operating at the same time and at the time of the US EPA waiver application the town was already receiving massive noise complaints about the first town-owned wind turbine. The waiver should never have been issued.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was aware of all the noise warnings prior to the installation of any wind turbines as the State of Massachusetts was the original owner of the first town-owned wind turbine Falmouth Wind I.

The state of Massachusetts had the noise warnings in the specifications and town officials were made aware again in a written letter in August of 2010. The public even today almost ten years later has never seen the warning August 2010 letter to the Town of Falmouth from Vestas wind company it remains under the rug. It’s the smoking gun!

The MassDEP brokered the project regulatory agreement loan on the second town-owned wind turbine Falmouth Wind II. The loan was between the Town of Falmouth and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust using ARRA funds from the state revolving funds.

The 5 million dollar loan required Falmouth Wind II to remain an energy-efficient or the loan to be paid back. This was also an incentive for local Falmouth politicians to ignore thousands of noise complaints from the first wind turbine Falmouth Wind I.

Rather than the town shutting down the Falmouth Wind II turbine, it was cheaper to appeal all the lawsuits filed against the town rather than pay back a 5 million loan at 2 percent interest.

Town officials always put money before health and safety when it came to the state wind turbine agenda.

Well over two years ago in June 2017 multiple Massachusetts courts after as many as eleven lawsuits shut down the nuisance wind turbines. Falmouth Town Meeting recently voted 2.5 million to take down the turbines. Both turbines are identical Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines.

Massachusetts politicians from the top down have turned the climate crisis into a bold corruption crisis

Falmouth owes the balance of the 5 million ARRA loan plus 2 percent interest.

Time To Pay Up.

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