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Board Says Sheffield Wind Meets Noise Levels

The Vermont Public Service Board says the 16-turbine industrial wind project in Sheffield is meeting its noise standards and is in compliance with its Certificate of Public Good.

The board's ruling came in response to a noise complaint filed by Sutton resident Paul Brouha who had asked the board to provide "backup data" used to create the noise monitoring information contained in its quarterly noise monitoring reports.

First Wind spokesman John Lamontagne says the company appreciates the board's careful review of the project.

But wind opponent Annette Smith, of the Danby-based Vermonters For a Clean Environment, Inc., tells the Caledonian Record the board is not adequately regulating the noise of the project because First Wind chose the firm to design the plan and conduct the sound monitoring.