Evidence of the adverse health impacts of industrial wind turbines
July 29, 2012
by Dr Chris Back
Western Australia Senator Chris Back prepared this document in support of his essay “Wind Turbines – The Untold Story”. The document focuses on supporting the statement that "There is a growing body of evidence that adverse health impacts are real and that they are occurring at greater distances from turbines than previously recorded.” The conclusion of his report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
Low frequency noise and infrasound as indicated in the above references, is being measured inside the homes of sick people in the USA, and in Australia, and is occurring at the times they are experiencing the specific symptoms. The data recorded clearly indicates that the symptoms and the sound energy frequencies are NOT measurable when the turbines are switched off. I am aware of completed but as yet unpublished work by Dr Bob Thorne which supports previous peer reviewed empirical data collection, from Canada, the UK and the USA, all of which involves empirical data rather than reviews which deny there is any evidence. All of this causes me to publicly question the assertions made by proponents that there are no adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines.
We cannot afford to take risks with human health. It is now 56 years since the last asbestos mine was closed in Western Australia but we are still seeing people exposed to that deadly fibre dying from mesothelioma. We don't know if industrial wind turbines are as damaging as asbestos but it is worth remembering that the community thought that asbestos was safe ‐ they built their houses out of it. A similar case exists with carcinogens affecting firefighters by absorption through their protective clothing.
I believe we should adopt a precautionary approach. Health and independently conducted sound impact studies are vital but in the meantime we need to make sure our buffers are sufficient that the infrasound and low frequency noise impacts are not causing adverse health effects.