Canton Wind project moves ahead after noise appeal denied

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection unanimously rejected the appeal of an eight-turbine wind power project on Canton Mountain, owned by the Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables.

The Sun Journal reported the citizen board voted unanimously to turn down the appeal from resident Alice McKay Barnett, who argued that noise from the turbines causes negative health impacts.

Barnett in August sought to file evidence demonstrating negative health effects of noise from wind turbines in other locations, the Sun Journal reported, but the BEP did not accept those documents into the record, saying they did not meet the criteria for admission into the record.

During the proceeding, Barnett opposed a ruling that the developer should manage a toll-free hotline for residents to report noise-related complaints, arguing it should be staffed by health professionals and not the company.

Patriot estimates the project, granted permits in June, will cost about $50 million to build and will have a capacity of about 22.8 megawatts. It would be the fourth wind project in Oxford County and the company expects it will begin operating in 2016.

 

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