Since the public meeting last month the applicant has proposed a new turbine blade design for the Saddleback project. This necessitated the revision of the noise study, and updates of the visual impact and shadow flicker assessments. These materials have been posted to the Department’s webpage on the Saddleback application, linked below. The Department’s review of this modification will add two to three months to the processing of this application. The Department will continue to accept public comments on all the application materials during this time.
Also since the public meeting the Department has directed four questions to the applicant, below. When we receive the answers to these questions they will be posted to the application webpage. We have not received the transcript of the public meeting yet, but when we do we will also post that to the webpage.
Questions directed to applicant:
Ground Water Protection: Public comments expressed questions about measures to protect private wells from potential contamination due to the construction or operation of the project. Ordinarily additional groundwater protection measures are detailed in the project blasting plan and the project SPCC or Spill Prevention, Containment and Countermeasures plan which are required as a condition prior to construction. Please identify any known public or private wells or springs within 4000 feet of any turbine location, substation, or proposed blasting activity. Please describe the measures which you are proposing to protect these wells or other wells which might be discovered in the project vicinity, including any measures which will be a part of the SPCC or blasting plans, and explain the basis for your proposals.
Fire Risk: Public comments expressed concerns about the risk of fire originating in a turbine and causing a forest fire. Please describe any fire history with General Electric turbines, describe any design or operational measures proposed to reduce fire risk, and describe how you would detect and respond to a fire at a turbine.
Scenic Impact: Public comments expressed concerns about the potential cumulative impact of multiple wind energy projects being proposed in the region. Please identify any wind projects by you or others which have been approved at the state or local level, or for which applications have been submitted, that would be within eight miles of the significant scenic resources from which the Saddleback Ridge project will be visible. Also, please identify any projects which you are currently planning within eight miles of these significant scenic resources.
Please provide NRO-1 & 2 octave band sound power levels by windspeed for the GE 2.75-103.