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MassDEP Wind Turbine and Noise Technical Advisory Group Meeting

Date: 10/29/2013

Location: Boston, MA

In January 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) released for public review and comments a Wind Turbine Health Impact Study. An independent expert panel conducted the study, which included several recommended best practices for addressing wind turbine noise. After reviewing the study and more than 500 comments, many accompanied by additional information for MassDEP review, MassDEP concluded that the information currently available suggests the need to consider revisions to MassDEP's noise regulations and policy to address wind turbine noise. In response to the Wind Turbine Health Impact Study and comments received, in June 2013, MassDEP convened a technical advisory group to consider potential revisions to its noise regulations and policy.

The purpose of the MassDEP Wind Turbine and Noise Technical Advisory Group (WNTAG) is to provide technical advice to MassDEP on how best to craft effective regulatory and policy responses to wind turbine installations and possible noise impacts. MassDEP seeks a policy and regulations for wind turbine noise that encourage appropriate wind development, provides regulatory clarity for developers, towns and communities, and are protective of public health and the environment.

WNTAG meetings are open to the public, and agendas include a specified time for brief public comments. As the WNTAG meetings are held primarily for the benefit of WNTAG members to develop and offer advice to MassDEP, time allowed for public comment will be limited to ensure that other meeting topics can be covered.