Evergreen Solar has not yet been able to locate the source of thenoise pollution coming from its plant in Devens, MA. The deadline toresolve the issue is the 31st of May. Evergreen has tried repairingequipment in the plant, but the noise, described in this article from Devens Newsas a "pure tone," has not been silenced. The company has brought inoutside consultants to try to pinpoint the problem so that it can becorrected.
In the article referenced above, Devens Enterprise Commission LandUse director Peter Lowitt described possible consequences for EvergreenSolar if the noise violations are not corrected:
But Lowitt said no full occupancy permits would be granted toEvergreen while the problem is outstanding. At the May 7 meeting,Lowitt explained that the DEC can issue per-diem non-criminal finesagainst the company — each day serving as a separate violation of thezoning bylaws if the issues are not addressed. Lowitt also saidEvergreen’s occupancy permit is due to come up in mid-June .
Chris Lawson, Evergreen Solar’s director of marketing, issued a statement defending the company’s response:
"We have been working on this diligently. We’ve remedied a fair amount of equipment that we thought was at fault."
He acknowledges it hasn’t silenced all the offending noise, adding"we have worked quickly with the DEC whereas we received bids on Fridayand we selected a consultant Monday morning and he was out … plantingnoise monitoring equipment that morning."