Meet R. Scott Bodwell, Principal
Bodwell EnviroAcoustics LLC
R. Scott Bodwell, P.E. is the founder and principal of Bodwell EnviroAcoustics, LLC, an engineering consulting firm that services the energy and industrial sector and specializes in Environmental Acoustics and Noise Control Engineering.
Mr. Bodwell has over 25 years of experience in environmental assessments, project engineering and design, and regulatory permitting for major industrial and power generation facilities, wind power projects, and utility transmission projects in the northeast United States.
As a consulting engineer in Maine since 1987, Mr. Bodwell has conducted acoustic studies on over 300 industrial development projects and is recognized as a leading authority on Environmental Acoustics in Maine. He has been involved with acoustic studies of utility-scale wind turbines in Maine since 2002 and was the lead acoustical engineer on the first two wind energy facilities at Stetson Mountain in Washington County and Mars Hill Wind Farm in Aroostook County.
Mr. Bodwell has conducted peer reviews of environmental assessments for the Maine DEP, the Saco River Corridor Commission and several municipalities in Maine. He has also provided noise impact assessments and acoustic modeling for municipal projects such as schools and regional transportation planning studies and assisted with the development of local noise control ordinances. He also developed and conducted an Environmental Acoustics Seminar for project managers and technical staff at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Mr. Bodwell has provided expert testimony at state hearings and municipal reviews in successful support of major industrial, institutional and energy projects in Maine including Stetson Wind Project, Rollins Wind Project, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, Bath Iron Works, Maine Medical Center, and Waste Management of Maine.
Major industrial projects include paper mills, wood chipping plants, fiberboard plants, lumber mills, gas compressor stations, LNG facilities, and natural gas and biomass power generation facilities. Mr. Bodwell quantified major noise sources and developed designs and specifications for effective environmental and interior noise control. Other projects include wood processing plants such as firewood and wood grinding, landfill operations, gravel extraction and aggregate processing (rock crushing and asphalt plants), bottling plants, transportation facilities and roadways.
Mr. Bodwell has advanced his firm’s capabilities to provide evaluation and testing of underwater sound. He collaborated with the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop and implement the underwater sound testing program for construction of the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine. This testing program assessed underwater sound levels from pile driving to evaluate compliance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit requirements. Mr. Bodwell also worked with marine scientists and biologists to evaluate underwater sound impacts from construction and vessel operations associated with a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Eastern Maine.
Mr. Bodwell has worked closely with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Land Use Regulation Commission and independent acoustical consultants to develop and refine procedures and methods for prediction, measurement and assessment of sound from wind turbines. Specialized measurement techniques and equipment were developed based on several hundred hours of sound testing of operating wind turbines in Maine and are considered to be some of the most advanced and thorough in the United States.
Education and Credentials
Mr. Bodwell is an Engineering Sciences graduate of Dartmouth College and has completed numerous graduate and continuing education courses in engineering and acoustics.
Mr. Bodwell has been a licensed professional engineer in Maine since 1994. He is also certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and has conducted training in pollution prevention and incident response.