Wednesday May 16, 2012

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - State environmental regulators have recommended the shutdown of a wind turbine in Falmouth because of unacceptable noise levels at nearby homes, lending fuel to those fighting the proliferation of wind energy.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced its findings Tuesday after monitoring sound from five different locations near the turbine on four different March nights.

In response, Falmouth's selectmen agreed to shut off the turbine for 30 days while DEP officials test daytime decibel levels. The town's other turbine is unaffected.

Complaints from neighbors prompted the state study.

DEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell warned against applying the findings in Falmouth to other wind turbine projects around the state that have drawn opposition.

The administration of Gov. Deval Patrick has made wind power development a central part of its energy policy.