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Loud power plant concerns residents in Salem Township

SALEM TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A power plant is creating electricity for local consumers, but it's also causing some headaches.  People living near the plant say it is too noisy, and in the last seven weeks it's gotten worse. 


"It hurts my ears," said 4-year-old Chase Danowski.

Four-year-old Chase Danowski used to love playing outside. But seven weeks ago, he started telling his parents he could only go outside for a few minutes before this became too much.

It's coming from Caithness Moxie Freedom Power Plant across the street in Salem Township.

"Sounds like a jet engine alongside a house 24 hours a day," said Chet Danowski, grandfather.

The Danowski's have owned this land -- 60 acres of it -- for more than 90 years. They have three houses on it.


"It ruins your quality of life... And how do you retire to something like that?"

"It seems like it's louder at night," said Carol Danowski, grandmother.

Brian took this video on March 25 at 12:30 a-m.

"This is what we can hear from the power plant. Impossible to sleep."

Tom Copus, the director of operations here, concedes the noise got worse seven weeks ago as they began working around the clock to purifying these lines with steam .


"This level of noise during this testing period is not normal, once the testing is complete and we go commercial the noise level will be much lower," said Copus.

Construction on the power plant started three years ago. It's now in the final stage.

Employees with the power plant say they know it's been noisy. Saying they've offered hotel rooms to local residents. But this family says that would just be even more of an inconvience.

Township board member, Steve Fraind, is acting as a liason between the plant and the people.


"We've had some other residents complain, but they're all kind of bearing with it knowing that this noise is only temporaray," said Fraind.

The Danowski's want a sound wall built - but officials say the noise will be gone in june before a wall could be built. 

"I just hope they can do something, cause I don't want to move, I want to stay here."

The company says the extra noise will continue until the plant is fully operational in June.

 


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