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Freeborn Co. man: Wind turbines would be torture

A man who suffers from Tinnitus is worried if a wind farm goes up near his home, his ears would never stop ringing. "I'll be like a man in a torture chamber," said Bernie Hagen. Wisconsin based Allina Energy will begin building the Bent Tree Wind Farm in Freeborn County in April. 122 turbines will sprout up across 32,500 acres.

A man who suffers from Tinnitus is worried if a wind farm goes up near his home, his ears would never stop ringing.

"I'll be like a man in a torture chamber," said Bernie Hagen.

Wisconsin based Allina Energy will begin building the Bent Tree Wind Farm in Freeborn County in April. 122 turbines will sprout up across 32,500 acres.

"They're 400 feet tall, the size of a forty story building and they're going to be all around me," Hagen said.

Hagen's ears were injured after a gunfire training accident during the Vietnam War. He has a letter from his doctor that said he shouldn't live anywhere near a wind turbine. The sound could cause him to get sick and would create painful pressure in his ears.

Hagen said he'd welcome a buyout from the wind farm company, as long as it's reasonable.

But, Bent Tree and Allina Energy spokesperson Steve Shultz said they have been reasonable.

According to Minnesota law, turbines must be at least 500 feet from private property. Shultz said the closest wind turbine to Hagen's property will be 1,500 feet. The Public Utilities Commission said sound pollution tests show 1,500 feet away is sufficient.

But Hagen doesn't agree.

"If I can't get bought out or can't get the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A man who suffers from Tinnitus is worried if a wind farm goes up near his home, his ears would never stop ringing.

"I'll be like a man in a torture chamber," said Bernie Hagen.

Wisconsin based Allina Energy will begin building the Bent Tree Wind Farm in Freeborn County in April. 122 turbines will sprout up across 32,500 acres.

"They're 400 feet tall, the size of a forty story building and they're going to be all around me," Hagen said.

Hagen's ears were injured after a gunfire training accident during the Vietnam War. He has a letter from his doctor that said he shouldn't live anywhere near a wind turbine. The sound could cause him to get sick and would create painful pressure in his ears.

Hagen said he'd welcome a buyout from the wind farm company, as long as it's reasonable.

But, Bent Tree and Allina Energy spokesperson Steve Shultz said they have been reasonable.

According to Minnesota law, turbines must be at least 500 feet from private property. Shultz said the closest wind turbine to Hagen's property will be 1,500 feet. The Public Utilities Commission said sound pollution tests show 1,500 feet away is sufficient.

But Hagen doesn't agree.

"If I can't get bought out or can't get the state to keep them far enough away, then I'll have to walk away and leave my property," he said.

Shultz said Hagen is the only property owner who objected to the project on the basis of health. According to Allina Energy, they haven't bought out any other property owner.


Source: http://kstp.com/news/storie...

MAR 26 2010
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