Dixfield voters previously rejected DEP sound limits for industrial wind. They are the highest allowed in Maine, intended for wilderness projects. The planning board worked for months on a compromise proposal reducing sound limits by a modest 2 dB, seeking small protection for residents near the project.
Home value losses, sleep health risks and noise nuisance warrant citizen protections. But an aggressive pro-wind majority on the select board overruled that planning board proposal. They want another re-vote on DEP sound levels, re-voting until they get maximum pro-wind ordinances passed.