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Scituate to study health effects of wind turbine

The Scituate wind turbine was erected in February.

Jessica Bartlett for The Globe

The Scituate wind turbine was erected in February.

SCITUATE — Residents in the Third Cliff area will have to deal with noise from Scituate’s wind turbine for the time being, after Board of Health officials declined to turn off the turbine some of the time.

A proposal to shut off the turbine from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the wind was blowing toward Third Cliff never was seconded, and didn’t come to a vote at the meeting on Wednesday. But the board did appoint a steering committee that will help determine next steps.

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The committee will consist of residents; town officials; and the owners and managers of Scituate Wind LLC, which owns the turbine. The committee will help appoint a contractor to study noise and light flicker from the turbine, and will also set parameters for the study.

The committee is expected to advise the board in the next couple of months, and the board plans to discuss a timetable at its meeting in December.

While Scituate Wind president Gordon Dean agreed to fund a study to look into the noise, he did not say whether he would also fund the analysis of light flicker.

“If we’re asked to conduct a study to determine we’re in compliance, we will do so. We appreciate that anything we were to do on our own would be considered suspect,” Dean said. “[But] we’re not looking to fund a witch hunt.”

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@ gmail.com.
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