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Wind Turbine Noise Mitigation Required

The Mason County Planning Commission has found that some of the turbines in Consumers Energy's Lake Winds Energy Park have violated the 45 decibel noise limit set out in the applicable special land permit. The sound consultant hired by the county to conduct the testing indicated that if an "instantaneous" sound standard was used, then four of the fifty six turbines violated the standard during the 10-minute test. However, he also indicated that if the ordinance was read to allow a 10-minute average for sound, there would be no violations.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum
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Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...

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