A group of Vermont legislators has introduced a bill (H.677) requiring the following setbacks and noise/vibration limits for wind turbines exceeding 0.49 MW. Click here for the full text of the bill.
Setbacks. At a minimum, a wind turbine shall be set back horizontally:
- One and one-quarter miles from 1 an occupied building, if the elevation change between the wind turbine and the occupied building is equal to or less than 500 feet.
- Two miles from an occupied building, if the elevation change between the wind turbine and the occupied building exceeds 500 feet.
- One-half mile from the closest boundary of the parcel on which the wind turbine will be located.
- One-third of a mile from any public highway or right-of-way and from any above-ground utility line or facility. However, this subdivision shall not apply to an electric line that directly connects a wind turbine to a substation or other utility facility.
Dr. Pierpont has been joined by Dr. F. Owen Black (Neurotologist: regarding the vestibular symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome), Dr. Joel F. Lehrer (Otolaryngologist: likewise regarding vestibular symptoms of WTS), and Dr. Stanley M. Shapiro (Cardiologist: regarding the cardiac repercussions of sleep deprivation associated with WTS) in supporting this proposed legislation. They have been joined by nationally-ranked noise engineer, George Kamperman.