While a few people, lacking depth and stamina, have chosen to ignore the New York State Public Service Commission's Article 10 process regarding industrial wind siting in New York's precious Golden Crescent and Thousand Islands regions, a myriad of agencies, groups and individuals have taken the process head on and have used it as a vehicle of scientifically, socially and politically based opposition.
At a recent Public Service Commission Procedural Conference held in Cape Vincent, NY PCS Administrative Law Judge Honorable Paul Agresta told over a hundred people and the Cape Vincent Town Board that what comes into the PSC comes across his desk. He pays attention.
That would include one very significant comment that was submitted to the PSC regarding the Cape Vincent, NY British Petroleum quest for their industrial wind siting application. It was submitted by the Association of Towns of the State of New York.
A little bit about them from their website:
History & Mission
The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns. The Association gains all of its revenue from dues and activities and receives no State or federal assistance.
The membership of the Association consists solely of towns, and therefore all town officials are included. From inception, membership support has been strong and has grown to over 97% of all towns. The Association staffing has evolved over the years to meet member needs and now includes attorneys and professionals with experience in town government, the State Legislature and State agencies. The Association's library and computer systems house vast amounts of information on State and local governments, including fiscal and census data, and membership information for more than 20,000 town officials!
On 9/26/2013 Lori Mithen, on behalf of the Association of Towns of the State of New York, submitted the following comment to the PSC Matter Master regarding case #12-02056:
The Association of Towns of the State of New York would like the Public Service Commission and the State Siting Board to consider the health impacts of low frequency noise associated with living in proximity to industrial wind turbines. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission issued a report in 2012 which looks at this issue. The Wisconsin PSC report may be found at the following website address: http://psc.wi.gov/apps35/ERF_view/viewdoc.aspx?docid=178263