County rules Ore. wind farm's noise not a problem

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- An Eastern Oregon wind farm won't have to curb its noise after a county commission decided that it wouldn't enforce state noise requirements.

The county commission, called the Morrow County Court, voted 2-1 that although noise from the Willow Creek wind project exceeds state standards at a few homes, the violations did not warrant enforcement action.

Morrow County granted the 48-turbine Willow Creek project a permit in 2005.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/noastW ) neighbors began to complain about the noise from the project.

Project developer Invenergy acknowledges the project violates noise standards, but insists the violations are minimal and infrequent.

An acoustic expert hired by the wind farm's neighbors disagrees and says Invenergy is understating the problem.

The Morrow County Court only accepted testimony from the Invenergy consultant.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info