(KS) WE ARE DIGGING DEEPER TONIGHT– TO FIND OUT WHAT WENT WRONG WHEN THE TURBINE ON SALTY BRINE BEACH TOPPLED IN TUESDAY’S STORM. (MM) WINDS FROM THE STORM KNOCKED THE ONE HUNDRED FOOT TURBINE OVER. NEW AT FIVE THIRTY- WE’RE HEARING FROM THE TURBINE’S DESIGNER.. WHO SAYS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WITHSTAND WINDS TWICE AS STRONG AS YESTERDAY. (KS) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEVE NIELSEN JOINS US IN STUDIO WITH THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS (SN) THIS IS YOUR TURBINE… THE 32 THOUSAND DOLLAR STRUCTURE WAS FUNDED BY THE RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND… WHICH YOU PAY INTO WITH A SURCHARGE ON YOUR ELECTRICITY BILLS. THAT’S WHY WE WANT TO DIG INTO THIS TODAY AND UNCOVER WHAT WENT WRONG. WE WERE THERE FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING IN 2010…. the small wind turbine to my left will generate more electricity than this facility consumes A NEW BATH HOUSE ON SALTY BRINE BEACH… POWERED BY A BRAND NEW WIND TURBINE… AND WE WERE THERE TUESDAY AS THE MARCH STORM RIPPED IT FROM ITS PERCH… COLLAPSING THE STEEL STRUCTURE. GOVERNOR RAIMONDO ADDRESSED IT AT THE EMA. nobody’s been hurt. its a wind turbine owned by the state. owned by dem. and when the storms over we’ll get it fixed. IT’S YOUR WIND TURBINE… BUILT WITH STATE MONEY. AND IT’S HAD PROBLEMS BEFORE IT WAS TEMPORARILLY DEACTIVATED IN 2015 AFTER ANOTHER WINTER STORM. SO WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG… I REACHED OUT TO THE MAKER… BERGEY WINDPOWER IN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA… THE OWNER SAYS THE STRUCTURE IS DESIGNED TO HANDLE 130 MILE PER HOUR GUSTS… BUT THE PINPOINT WEATHER TEAM SAYS THE WIND TOPPED OUT AT LESS THAN HALF THAT… 60 MILES PER HOUR ON THE COAST… WITH DECADES OF TURBINE EXPERIENCE… HE REVIEWED OUR VIDEO OF THE COLLAPSE … AND SUSPECTS THE PROBLEM CAME FROM THE BOLTS… AT THE 20 FOOT MARK… THE COMPANY THAT CONSTRUCTED IT… IS LOCAL – NORTHEAST ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS IN MIDDLETOWN… THE PRESIDENT… Daniel Szymanski… TOLD ME ON THE PHONE… THEY HAVENT TOUCHED THE TOWER SINCE CONSTRUCTION IN 2010… AND DIDN’T WANT TO SPECULATE ON WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS… HE SAYS THE D-E-M IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTANING IT. I ASKED SPOKESPERSON FOR THE D-E-M WHEN THE TOWER AND TURBINE WAS LAST INSPECTED OR WORKED ON… AND SHE SAID THEY ARE STILL LOOKING INTO THE MATTER. (SN) I ALSO TALKED WITH THE MAIN CONTRACTOR FOR THE ENTIRE PROJECT IN 2010… IRON CONSTRUCTION GROUP… ITS PRESIDENT STEVE DEPASQUALE REVIEWED THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURAL PLANS… AND NOTICED… THIS RIGHT HERE… AFFIXED TO ONE OF THE SUPPORT POSTS… WASN’T APART OF THE ORIGINAL APPROVED PLAN… HE EMPHASIZED THOUGH, THAT HE DID NOT KNOW THE CAUSE OF TUESDAY’S COLLAPSE AND WAS NOT TRYING TO APPORTION BLAME. I’M STEVE NIELSEN