Wisconsin village board OKs 2 SC Johnson wind turbines

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — SC Johnson has received a green light to erect two large wind turbines in Racine County.

The Mount Pleasant Village Board voted 6-1 Monday to approve a conditional-use permit for the company’s Waxdale manufacturing facility.

Some neighbors oppose the construction. Sixty-two-year-old Gail Johnson lives across from where the turbines will likely be, and she says she’s worried about the noise and shadow flickering.

However, village officials say they’ve set conditions ensuring minimal noise and flickering.

A company spokesman says the noise won’t be any louder than highway noise, and SC Johnson has also offered to install trees or other landscaping to block views of the turbines.

A Journal Times of Racine report says the 415-foot-tall turbines are expected to supply about 15 percent of the facility’s electricity usage.