Trempealeau County to pass restrictive wind turbine ordinance

Posted on December 16, 2007. Filed under: Wind |

From an article by Amber Dulek in the Winona Daily News:

Ron Reimer doesn’t want to live in the shadows of wind turbines.

The 61-year-old organic farmer and photographer from Ettrick, Wis., fears the potential health effects of the rhythmic swooshing of turbine blades and the shadows they might cast over his home.

Reimer considers himself a progressive. He has protested a nuclear power plant in Durand, Wis., mining, the Vietnam War. Now he’s against industrial wind energy.

He calls himself an environmentalist and an advocate of community-supported wind. Other people call him a radical who supports wind energy as long as it’s not in his backyard.

Reimer’s anti-wind reasoning could be considered farfetched, but he’s hardly alone in his battle against the wind. Everywhere there’s a wind turbine or proposed wind development, there’s a clone-able faction of citizens just like him.

“This side needs to be heard,” Reimer said. “I feel it’s almost being suppressed.”

Reimer and about 30 others who call themselves Concerned Citizens of Trempealeau County are another example of wind action groups like the War Against Wind group in Osterville, Mass., Protect the Flint Hills in Kansas, We Oppose Wind Farms in New York and Wind Cows in Wisconsin.

Wind energy has become a divisive issue for Trempealeau County’s residents over the past 14 months. The county board will vote Monday on a third draft of a wind ordinance they’ve been wrestling with since investment group AgWind Energy Partners approached the board in September 2006 with a request to look at three potential sites to build four to six turbines.

The proposed ordinance is stricter than the previous two. It would require turbines to be at least a mile from all habitable structures and a half-mile from property lines. Among more than 30 other restrictions is a requirement that the noise from the turbines can’t exceed 40 decibels when measured at any residence.


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