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SCHOMER & and; ASSOCIATES ~ BACKGROUND SOUND MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSIS IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE VINCENT ,NY

SCHOMER & and; ASSOCIATES ~ BACKGROUND SOUND MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSIS IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE VINCENT ,NY

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The acoustic consulting engineering firm Hessler Associates, Inc., Haymarket, Virginia produced two sound level assessment reports for two wind projects proposed for Cape Vincent, New York: the first report in 2007 for BP and the second report in 2009 for AES-Acciona. Because there were concerns early on among local citizens that the BP report was misleading, the Wind Power Ethics Group (WPEG) contracted with Schomer and Associates, Champaign, Illinois to conduct an independent background sound survey of Cape Vincent. This is that survey.
The acoustic consulting engineering firm Hessler Associates, Inc., Haymarket, Virginia produced two sound level assessment reports for two wind projects proposed for Cape Vincent, New York: the first report in 2007 for BP and the second report in 2009 for AES-Acciona. Because there were concerns early on among local citizens that the BP report was misleading, the Wind Power Ethics Group (WPEG) contracted with Schomer and Associates, Champaign, Illinois to conduct an independent background sound survey of Cape Vincent. This is that survey.

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BACKGROUND SOUND MEASUREMENTS ANDANALYSIS IN THE VICINITY OFCAPE VINCENT, NEW YORK
May 11, 2009
Paul Schomer, Ph.D., P.E.Schomer and Associates, Inc.Champaign, Illinois 61821
Phone: (217) 359-6602 FAX: (217) 359-3303
 
 
 
Cape Vincent Background Noise Study May 11, 2009Schomer and Associates, Inc. Champaign, IL 61821i
Table
 
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Contents
 
Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................................................... 1
 
I.
 
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................... 4
 
II. Measurements ........................................................................................................................................................... 8
 
1.
 
Site Selection and Layout .................................................................................................................................. 8
 
2.
 
Instrumentation .................................................................................................................................................. 8
 
1.
 
Operation ......................................................................................................................................................... 14
 
III. Data Analysis ......................................................................................................................................................... 18
 
IV. Discussion ............................................................................................................................................................. 33
 
V. Conclusions ............................................................................................................................................................ 36
 
Annex A: L50 Data Summaries .................................................................................................................................. 37
 
Annex B: 10-minute LEQ, L90, L50 organized by date .............................................................................................. 43
 
Annex C: 1-hour LEQ, L90, L50 organized by data .................................................................................................. 44
 
Annex D: 1-hour A-Weighted data portrayed in figures 13-18 .................................................................................. 45
 
Annex E: Averaged 24-hour sound levels portrayed in Figures 19 - 24 ..................................................................... 46
 
Annex F: Spectra for the data portrayed in Figures 31-48 .......................................................................................... 48
 
List of Figures
 Figure 1. Top: “Quiet” Hessler view of his site 2. Bottom: View from opposite direction showing monitor area wasactually nearby to farm machinery and sheds, and not very near to the house. ..................................................... 6
 
Figure 2. Left - Hessler’s monitoring site #3 from the BP sound report with trailer on the left side of the image.Right – backside of trailer showing construction field office and marshalling yard.............................................. 7
 
Figure 3. Map of the Cape Vincent area ........................................................................................................................ 9
 
Figure 4. Site A general layout .................................................................................................................................... 10
 
Figure 5. Site B general layout .................................................................................................................................... 11
 
Figure 6. Site A Community position - view looking west ......................................................................................... 12
 
Figure 7. Site A Community position - view looking east ........................................................................................... 12
 
Figure 8. Site A Hessler position - view looking north ............................................................................................... 13
 
Figure 9. View looking east ......................................................................................................................................... 13
 
Figure 10. Site A Hessler position - view looking west............................................................................................... 14
 
Figure 11. Site B Community position - view looking south ...................................................................................... 15
 
Figure 12. Site B Community position - view looking north ....................................................................................... 15
 
Figure 13. Site B Hessler position - view looking east ................................................................................................ 16
 
Figure 14. Site B Hessler position - view looking west ............................................................................................... 16
 
Figure 15. A-weighted LEQ for the week of site ......................................................................................................... 20
 
Figure 16. A-weighted L90 for week of site A ........................................................................................................... 20
 
Figure 17. A-weighted LEQ for week of site B ........................................................................................................... 21
 
Figure 18. A-weighted L90 for week of site B ............................................................................................................ 21
 
Figure 19. Averaged 24-hour A-weighted LEQ at site A ........................................................................................... 22
 
Figure 20. Averaged 24-hour A-weighted L90 at site A ............................................................................................. 22
 
Figure 21. Averaged 24-hour A-weighted LEQ at site B ............................................................................................ 23
 
Figure 22. Averaged 24-hour A-weighted L90 at site B .............................................................................................. 23
 
Figure 23. Site A comparison of A-weighted LEQ of day, evening, and night times ................................................ 24
 
Figure 24. Site A comparison of A-weighted L90 of day, evening, and night times ................................................... 24
 
Figure 25. Site B comparison of A-weighted LEQ of day, evening, and night times .................................................. 25
 
Figure 26. Site B comparison of A-weighted L90 of day, evening, and night times ................................................... 25
 
Figure 27. Site A averaged day-time LEQ spectrum ................................................................................................... 27
 
Figure 28. Site B averaged day-time LEQ spectrum ................................................................................................... 27
 

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