Dixfield Planning Board table discussion on wind ordinance until Sept. 3
....“I hoped that Mr. Carroll would be here so that he and the town could maybe find a number between 35 decibels and 42 decibels that would work for everyone involved,” Whittemore said.
....Jamison said he agrees that Patriot Renewables and the town should find something between 35 and 42 decibels for a nighttime sound limit.
....The Maine DEP sound standards for wind energy facilities are 42 decibels during the nighttime, and 55 decibels during the daytime.
The DEP only sets Maximum Standards. This is not to say that a community can not set a lower standard for a better protection of those affected. Nor are the DEP Standards, Statute. In setting OSHA and NIOSH standards for exposure levels they are always the Maximum allowable levels or permissible. They recognize the right to, promote and encourage industry to maintain lower levels of potential harm.
This community should not Compromise what they feel is acceptable, as this is how corporations nudge, nudge, nudge until it becomes viewed as acceptable by so many communities that it ends up in statutory law. A law that would be hard, if not impossible to get amended or reversed. And as always the corporations will push the envelope to its limits, with only an apology stating they will see to it.
DO NOT COMPROMISE what you're able to control. If they have the capability to comply to your standard, and all else is acceptable as well, then is the time to consider welcoming them to the community. (though other communities may have objections in having to deal with the unsightly view from your decision. Something that should be considered as neighbors)