Cape Cod Top Story of Decade Falmouth Wind Turbine Disaster

Top Political Leaders & News Media Failed As Pioneers Creating A Renewable Energy Disaster Taking Health & Property

By Frank Haggerty, Neighbor
Dec 29, 2019 11:24 am ET | Updated Dec 29, 2019 11:28 am ET

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Susan Moran Falmouth Select Board Chair
Susan Moran Falmouth Select Board Chair (Image Credit Falmouth Community TV )

Last Ten Years Saw Massive 400 Foot Wind Turbines Taking Health & Property Rights In Your Back Yards

Falmouth Board of Selectmen chairman Susan L. Moran recently said the state and the federal government should support Falmouth with the financial consequences of the wind turbine project. Moran said the wind turbines were installed with “good intentions.” Not so fast!

Falmouth installed two Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines in 2010 and 2012 ground zero for poorly placed wind turbines in the United States of America taking health and property rights with no compensation. The turbines named Falmouth Wind I and Wind II both disasters.

The town borrowed $4,865,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to construct Wind II.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loan agreement state the town would not owe principal or interest as long as Wind II remains operational. The federal government approved a waiver to bypass the “Buy American” requirements. The wind turbine loan waiver application omitted all the safety and health warnings.Subscribe

In 2019 due to Wind 2’s past operation, the town’s obligation has been reduced to $3.5 million. The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust rejected a request to forgive the remainder of that debt in 2013 as the loan is regulated by the federal US EPA regulations. The town has owed the balance for over two years.

The Town of Falmouth is not a pioneer in wind turbine installations. Megawatt wind turbines were installed during 1987 in Boone, North Carolina creating noise measured in decibels and low-frequency infra-sound documented by NASA and scientist Neal Kelly. The health risks have been known for decades.

In 2010 the wind turbine manager and acting town manager in September one month after Vestas wind turbine company sent Falmouth the written 110-decibel noise warnings said: “We took on a huge risk and I think we were successful but we’re a large community and I think we can take on that risk. “

The town was well aware of the risks no one back then or today on the Falmouth Select Board was ever a pioneer. They took a gamble on the backs of 200 residential homes around the wind turbines for a monetary gain. It’s that simple.

Ten risks taken to install these turbines :
Risk # 1 Federal state and local officials had a study done by KEMA Inc during 2005 which showed any type of megawatt wind turbine was too loud for anywhere in Falmouth. General Electric a domestic wind turbine company refused due to residential setbacks and ice throw.

Risk # 2 Town buys its first wind turbine a foreign-made Vestas V-82 type wind turbine that could not be sold at auction.

Risk # 3 This type of Vestas wind turbine specifications shows it generates 110 decibels of noise twice as loud as the General Electric wind turbine.

Risk # 4 Town does not file Special Permit 240 166 to install the first wind turbine Falmouth Wind I as required by KEMA Inc study.

Risk # 5 No hearing is held with the zoning board.

Risk # 6 Town applies for a $4,865,000.00 federal ARRA loan on its second wind turbine using stimulus funds despite federal warnings that 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.

Risk # 7 Town hid the August 2010 letter from Vestas wind company the turbines generate 110 decibels of noise. The letter has even today never been posted on the town website.

Risk # 8 There are no noise tests of both Wind I and Wind II turbines operating at the same time as Wind I was already breaking state noise guidelines.

Risk # 9 Falmouth Wind II is installed in 2012 with a project regulatory agreement brokered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection aka a power production agreement. If Falmouth Wind II is shut down the town owes the balance of the ARRA loan 3.5 million plus 2 percent interest.– MassDEP could not shut down the turbines due to noise concerns because they brokered the loan agreement.

Risk # 10 Both Falmouth Wind I and II far exceeded the power use of the Falmouth Wastewater Power Plant. Greed for a monetary gain took precedence over the health and safety of up to 200 residential homeowners around the turbines.

June 2017 Multiple Massachusetts courts after eleven lawsuits shut down the turbines forever.

Massive health and financial fiasco. The town owes 3.5 million plus 2 percent interest on Falmouth Wind II.

A Pioneer is a person who begins or helps develop something new and prepares the way for others to follow.

A criminal is someone who breaks the law. If you’re a murderer, thief, or tax cheat, you’re a criminal if you omit safety and heath warning documents from public projects.

There are no pioneers in Falmouth, Massachusetts

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