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The Orne prefecture took the decision at the end of January to shut down the Echauffour wind farm.

An order of "emergency measure for non-compliance noted" was published in early February to ratify the decision, reports France 3 Normandie.

Local residents have been complaining about the noise pollution generated by these wind turbines for almost two years.

Studies have shown that there are indeed overshoots of regulatory acoustic volume thresholds.

Relief for local residents

The prefecture announced its decision on January 26, before specifying the terms of this judgment on February 8.

The blades of the wind turbines will thus be stopped for five months every day between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

During this period, an appraisal must be carried out by an external expert on the wind farm.

To be able to restart, the wind farm must not generate more than 10 decibels more than the ambient sound during the day and not more than 4 decibels more during the night.

For residents, overwhelmed by these noise pollution, the prefecture's decision is a real relief.

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