April 26, 2018
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Board: Wind turbines must be less noisy

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection has agreed to more stringent noise standards on commercial wind turbines that operate near homes and businesses.

In a 5-to-4 vote Thursday, the board agreed to reduce the allowable nighttime noise level from 45 decibels to 42 decibels, as measured from homes located within one mile of the turbines.

The board’s ruling was in response to a citizen’s petition that was brought before the board after residents in Vinalhaven, Mars Hill and Freedom said the noise from nearby wind farms were causing sleep disturbance, hypertension and other problems.

The board’s decision now heads to the Legislature, where a vote is expected in January.

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