Scituate: Board of Health refuses wind tubine shutdown pending noise and flicker study

The Scituate Board of Health continued their hearing Wednesday night with residents who say their health is being detrimentally affected by the town’s wind turbine.

Residents living near the turbine near Driftway have complained of sleepless nights, headaches and nausea.

After the presentation of this dramatic video showing the severe effects of flicker inside Mark McKeever’s house on Driftway, the Board of Health voted to form a steering committee to issue an RFP for a post-construction noise and flicker study.

Board of Health member Frank Lynch said, “The Board of Health has appointed a steering committee to come back and report to the board as to a request for proposals for contractors to conduct a noise, flicker and shadow study, to determine whether the Scituate wind turbine is in compliance with its permit and state law.”

Neighbor Tom Thomspon said he’s disappointed that no one even seconded another motion made by Lynch, to shut the wind turbine down from 10 PM to 6 AM while the committee is formed and works on the study.

“To be honest with you, this decision and whether how we proceed is a heck of a lot easier if the Board of Health had the courage to deliver a second to Mr. Lynch’s resolution that this thing get turned off during the evening, right? The fact that there wasn’t even enough courage around that table for them to have a second (on the motion) or go down that path; I think that sort of thing speaks volumes in terms of where the head of the Board of Health might be as a body,” Thompson said.

The steering committee will include two representatives from the neighborhood, two from Scituate Wind, the town’s Director of Public Health and one member from the Board of Health.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.