Memorandum to the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
—Michael Fairneny (5/10/13)
This note is in regards to my wife’s hearing loss, the Hoosac Wind Project, and the current compliance testing done by Iberdrola.
My wife, Jo Ann, has been to an ear specialist on three different occasions within the past few months. (She has never had ear problems!). Her hearing has definitely been affected and deteriorating since her initial visit.
The debilitation happened so dramatically that the doctor had her have an MRI of her ears and head. The test evidently showed nothing significant, but the ringing/buzzing in her ears still persists each and every day we are home. This has caused her many sleepless nights and continues to wake her up.
She says she doesn’t look forward to coming home, being at home, gardening in our yard (which is her passion), and has been looking for an opportunity to work, live, and get away from our “dream home” of 29 years. When she is away at work or leaves for awhile, the symptoms dissipate and eventually go away, but I (we) are afraid the hearing loss could become permanent.
I find this situation very distressing and I ask you what solution would you suggest?
I am also having some sleep disturbance and headaches when I am home (not from her), and even if I wasn’t having symptoms, what choice do I have? We are now seriously considering Plan B. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that is.
I am now 60 years old with 4 grandchildren who all love it up here. What has been allowed to happen here is devastating to me and my family.
I still have a very hard time trying to see though and evaluate the true benefits of what seems to be very questionable science and obscure guidelines, without any proper governmental/state standards for siting/setbacks as well as noise pollution (audible and inaudible sound) to protect us.… Read more