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Request to shut down Scituate turbine will be heard Monday

Posted by dinouye  January 11, 2013 02:50 PM

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A Scituate family's request to shut down the industrial wind turbine near their home will be heard at Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton on Monday afternoon.

The McKeever family, who says that noise and shadow flicker from the turbine has harmed the health of family members, filed a motion on Friday seeking an immediate shutdown of the machine. They said their 11-year-old son was sent home from school Friday complaining of a headache associated with the machine.

The turbine's owners, Solaya Energy LLC, and Scituate Wind LLC, were not present at the time of the filing, and Judge Charles J. Hely decided to hear the case at 2 p.m. Monday, when the owners can be present.

At that time, the judge could decide to shut down the turbine.

According to Tayna Trevisan, an attorney for the McKeevers, it was disappointing that the case would not be heard on Friday.

"But we will be heard," she said.

Mark McKeever, who attended the filing with his attorney, said he was frustrated that things had gotten this far, but that his family had no choice but to take the matter to court.

"Obviously it's very challenging, trying. Not sleeping as always. It hasn't been easy," McKeever said. "Other residents in town are having the same type of issues...this isn't just about myself and my family. There are many other in the third cliff section of Scituate that are dealing with similar issues."

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@gmail.com.

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