“Scituate Wind and the Board of Health are studying the sound issue. It is better to try to understand and seek to ameliorate the issues than to take precipitous action that will only result in legal bills,” Deane said in an e-mail.
Some residents, however, fear that the owner-funded turbine study will be biased, and are skeptical of the guidelines that will be used to determine the health impacts of noise.
They have commissioned their own study to look at the effects.
Deane has cautioned the town against giving much credibility to the resident-funded study, criticizing the engineer, who is on the board of an anti-turbine group, the Society for Wind Vigilance, and saying that the noise guidelines residents will be reviewing haven’t been scientifically vetted in the same way those from the state Department of Environmental Protection have.
The study being conducted by the town and Scituate Wind will use the DEP guidelines.
For now, Thompson is simply trying to engage the town in the debate.
“You make people aware of the issue and Town Meeting and your article . . . and you open the doors . . . our expectation is we will have a good turnout for Town Meeting,” Thompson said.
Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@ gmail.com.