A Barnstable Superior Court judge has ordered the town of Falmouth to limit the operation of two, town-owned wind turbines, including shutting them down completely on Sundays and holidays.
The order comes as Judge Christopher Muse considers complaints from some neighbors that noise from the turbines at the town's wastewater treatment plant causes health affects, including insomnia, headaches and vertigo.
This week on the Friday News Roundup: After a self-imposed moratorium, the utility NStar resumes spraying herbicides to kill plants beneath its power lines, despite local opposition. People are paying close attention to the casino prospects of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), after a tribal election there. And the Audubon Society puts aside a proposal to install a wind turbine in Wellfleet.
WCAI Senior Reporter and Editor Sean Corcoran discusses these stories and more with some of the region's top journalists.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) says it has federal approval to open a casino on Martha's Vineyard; an arrest is made in the death of Trudie Hall of Nantucket, and the controversy surrounding two wind turbine in Falmouth continues to generate debate- these stories and more are discussed on the Friday News Roundup. WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with reporters and editors from around the region.
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant will receive extra scrutiny from regulators as it falls below federal standards; Provincetown breathes a sigh of relief as police arrest a suspect in a string of arson cases; and state Sen. Dan Wolf is cleared to run for reelection.
Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with regional news editors about these stories and more from the Cape and Islands.
On the weekly News Roundup, the U.S. Supreme Court gives legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples; and parents upset with news of a merger between two Catholic schools in Hyannis turn to Cardinal O'Malley for help; and more. Mindy Todd speaks with reporters and editors for the weekly news roundup.
Two new developments today in New England groundfishermen's fight for their livelihoods:
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced this afternoon that her office has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that oversees commercial fishing. According to a press release from the Attorney General's office, the lawsuit alleges that federal regulators "used flawed science to over-restrict the Massachusetts fishing industry" and "ignored the devastating economic impact" of severe cuts in cod catch quotas aimed at ending overfishing.
On the Weekly News Roundup: 7 towns across Cape Cod held elections, voters in Falmouth rejected a ballot question that would have funded the removal of 2 town-owned wind turbines, Yarmouth discusses what and how information is released to the public from municipal departments, and train service between Boston and Cape Cod begins. Mind Todd speaks with editors and reporters on The Point.
Falmouth voters went to the polls in force yesterday, and delivered a mandate: do NOT take down the wind turbines.
A whopping 41% of registered voters turned out for town elections. And the vast majority voted not to appropriate funds for the removal of Wind-1 and Wind-2, the two town-owned wind turbines at the center of a controversy that pits clean energy advocates against neighbors who say their health is impacted by the turbines. The margin on Question 2 was 2:1, with 6,001 votes against the measure and 2,940 voting for it.
On the Weekly News Roundup: updates on the Boston Marathon bombings aftermath; Sandwich Community Schools closes its doors, and the first urine-diverting toilet in the country gets approved in Falmouth. Mindy Todd speaks with reporters and news editors on The Point,