Kingston: Turbine testing turned off

The Kingston Board of Health and Selectmen have heard complaints about the town’s four, large, wind turbines for more than a year. Because the town has a contract with the turbine developers, town counsel has advised they collect data before proceeding with any action.

A rudimentary acoustical sound study was planned to begin last weekend. It needed the participation of the turbine owner, who refused. The Kingston Board of Health met Monday night.

Neighbors of the turbines say testing time is running out, with trees leafing out, increased traffic noise on Route 3 and lighter summer breezes testing will not measure the harsher sounds of winter.

Newly elected selectman Elaine Fiore succeeded health board chairman Joe Casna as Chairman of Selectmen. She attended the Monday night health board meeting. She proposed a letter from selectmen to ask for assistance from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Monday night the health board agreed to sign that, as yet unseen, letter.

Kingston Selectmen will grapple with the issue Tuesday night.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.