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Ancram moves to shut down wind turbines

Mar 05, 2013 6:14 am
Diane Valden writes in the Columbia Paper the town of Ancram is looking to take away the special use permits for wind turbines located on Carson Road. The town is taking the action based on misrepresentations of the amount of noise created by the turbines. According to Supervisor Art Bassin, information was initially presented that claimed the turbines were almost silent, but since August neighbors have complained to the Town Board about the high level of noise. The volume of the noise is related to how fast the wind is blowing, neighbors say. Mike Bergey, co-founder of Bergey WindPower, which made the machines, calls the issue, "a tempest in a teapot." The 120-foot-high wind turbines in question are used to power an alpaca farm. The owners will now be asked to voluntarily shut the turbines down. If they do not comply, the town will hold a public hearing. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.