Noisy NJ wind turbines cause shutdown

Noisy wind turbines cause resident complaints
Borough officials cut operating time for turbines
6:08 AM, Jul 12, 2012 | Comments
Bob Vosseller
@rvosseller

OCEAN GATE, NJ — Several noise violations from the borough’s two power-generating wind turbines has led the Borough Council to shut the systems down between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week.

The first turbine was put up in 2009 on West Arvene Avenue near Ocean Gate Avenue. The second was placed on East Arvene Avenue one block east in March.

Borough officials received correspondence dated March 30 from the Ocean County Health Department indicating that a noise recording demonstrated violations of the state administrative code, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Mayor Paul J. Kennedy.

OCHD spokeswoman Leslie D. Terjesen said “We began receiving resident complaints in February 2010 and have received new complaints as recently as late as last month,” said Leslie D. Terjesen, an OCHD spokeswoman.

She said the borough was sent a letter by the health department April 1 “with a summary of our findings.”

“Onsite inspections of the two wind turbines were taken on March 27, April 8 and April 16. There were several readings above the maximum permissible decibel levels on each inspection,” Terjesen said.

Borough Attorney James J. Gluck contacted the county Board of Health Counsel on Monday and a written response from the OCHD is expected this week, according to Kennedy.

Usually when such violations occur, “the responsible party is notified on the violation and given a grace period to abate this issue,” Terjesen said.

Kennedy said borough officials continue to evaluate and study the wind turbine in order to make improvements.

Last weekend, about 30 signs, critical of the borough’s wind turbines began appearing on the front lawns of borough residences

Kate Ranuro, who lives a few blocks away from the turbines, said: “It sounds more like a factory outside there when they are operating.”

Rosemarie Kindon of West Point Pleasant Avenue said when the two turbines operate it impacts “people’s quality of life. There is the noise and the reflective flicker which is when the blades of the turbine hit the sun and reflects. It looks like a disco ball.”

Bob Vosseller: 732-557-5623; rvosseller@
njpressmedia.com

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