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Everpower in Allegany

Background (Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County website)

Cattaraugus County Supreme Court decision, dismissing Everpower lawsuit against Allegany Planning Board (February 28, 2013)

Everpower's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and the Allegany Planning Board
's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Findings supporting approval (July 11, 2011) are posted on the Planning Board's website.

Host Community Agreement between Everpower and Town of Allegany (August 2011) (7 MB)

Everpower's second request to Allegany Planning Board for an extension of time on its July 2011 special use permit (September 28. 2012)

Everpower's first request to Allegany Planning Board for an extension of time on its July 2011 special use permit (April 3, 2012)

Everpower's lawsuit against the Allegany Town Board (filed October 5, 2012)
Exhibit A  (Everpower-Allegany contract)
Exhibit B  (Everpower letter of commitment)
Exhibit C  (revised December 2011 Escrow Agreement)
Exhibit D  (August 2011 Escrow Agreement)

Everpower's lawsuit against the Allegany Planning Board (filed November 14,       2012)

CCCC comments and technical submissions:

     new information relevant to the Everpower project proposal 
              (January 9, 2013)
attachment:  A Cooperative Measurement Survey and Analysis                             of Low Frequency and Infrasound at the Shirley Wind Farm in
                       Brown County, Wisconsin (December 24, 2012) (5 MB)
                        attachment:  "Study finds 'dangerous levels' of noise from                                        turbines," Green Bay Press Gazette (January 6, 2013)

On the variety of new impacts that may result from larger turbines               (September 20, 2012)

Noise impacts of larger turbines (September 4, 2012)

On height limits for wind turbines (July 26, 2012)

On changing the local zoning law (June 21, 2012)

     On Everpower's April 3, 2012 request (May 11, 2012)

     Supplement to Comments (May 14, 2012)

On what the 2011 elections meant (February 10, 2012)

   Appeal of Planning Board approval to Allegany Zoning Board of Appeals
           (September 12, 2011)

   Comment letter, August 25, 2011 (summarizing outstanding issues
prior to a vote to approve wind facility overlay zoning)

               1 Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand, “Wind Turbine Noise: An                                  independent assessment, noise complaints predictable,” repr.
    fr. Knox County Herald Gazette (October 30, 2010)
               2 Don Butler, “The great divide over wind power,” The Ottawa                                     Citizen (May 21, 2011)
               3 Matt Surtel, “Study hints at cost of wind development [on
          property value],” Batavia News (August 3, 2011)
               4 Martin D. Heintzelman and Carrie M. Tuttle, Values in the Wind:
                       A Hedonic Analysis of Wind Power Facilities (March 3, 2011)
               5 David A. Stillwell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Letter to Michael                         Speerschneider, EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc. (July 11, 2011)
               6 ISO 9613-2 Acoustics – Attenuation of sound during propagation                          outdoors (1996) (excerpts)

   Comment letter, May 26, 2011
              1 Richard R. James, Comments (5-26-11)
              2 Minnesota Health Dept., Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines
              3 G.P. van den Berg, The Sounds of High Winds (2006)
              4 Paul Schomer, Letter to Cape Vincent Town Supervisor (5-23-10)
              5 Cavanaugh Tocci Assocs., Sound Report for Cape Vincent
                   Planning Board (2010)
              6 Albert R. Wilson, Review of Hoen et al. [re: property value
      impacts] (2010)
              7 Appraisal Group One, Wind Turbine Impact Study [re: property
                   value impacts] (2009)
              8 Michael S. McCann, Wind Farm Property Impact Study (2010)
              9 G. A. Abraham, Inconvenient Truths About Wind Energy (2010)
              10 Town Italy, SEQRA Findings Statement (2009)

  Comment letter, May 11, 2011

   Comment letter, January 7, 2011 (on relaxing noise restrictions in the
local wind law) (3.7 MB)

   Comment letter, May 3, 2010
             1 NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Assessing
                 and Mitigating Noise Impacts (2001)
             2 Richard James, Sound Study and Comments on the Everpower
                 Project (3.5 MB)
                        Appendix (3.8 MB)
                        References (9 MB)
                        Graphs (512 KB)
    Comment letter, February 23, 2010
              1 Meteorologist Don Paul, WIVB Channel 4 (wind farms interfere                              with weather radar forecasting)
              2 CCCC comment letter, December 4, 2009
              3 Acoustic engineer Richard R. James comment letter,
                   February 19, 2009
              4 "Testimony continues," December 2, 2009 (news report on
                   R. James and D. Hessler acoustic opinions in Buckeye wind farm                          case, Champaign County, Ohio)
              5 Acoustic engineer Richard R. James comment letter,
                   February 22, 2010
              6 Acoustic engineer Dick Bowdler, "ETSU-R-97: Why It is Wrong"
              7 ETSU-R-97, Executive Summary

CRA comments & Everpower responses (2.2 MB)

Charles Ebbing presentation on wind farm noise, February 2, 2009

Town of Allegany Local Law regulating wind energy facilities, adopted August 28, 2007, revised February 24, 2011

"Financial backers for local wind projects come from far and wide," Times Herald (Olean, NY), October 13, 2008

Jack Sullivan, Town of Malone town council member, comments on
Allegany industrial wind facility regulations, May 21, 2007

Alves-Pereira and Branco, Public health and noise exposure: the importance of low frequency noise (2007)

"Concerns about project bring residents together," Times Herald (Olean, NY), January 11, 2009

"Board to listen to the noise: presentation set on noise impacts of wind farms," Times Herald (Olean, NY), January 13, 2009

"Acoustic engineer: do sound studies first," Times Herald (Olean, NY), February 3, 2009

"Sound expert discusses impact of noise created by wind turbines," Times Herald (Olean, NY), February 9, 2010

"Beware the wind guys," Sue Sliwinski letter to the editor, Times Herald (Olean, NY), February 12, 2010

Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ordered by Planning Board, Times Herald (Olean, NY), October 16, 2012 (with October 21 correction by Planning Board Chairman John Hare)

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