Dr. Pierpont Letter on wind turbine syndrome

This letter written by Dr. Nina Pierpont responds to concerns about a wind energy facility proposed to be built in Turkey. This letter presents a comprehensive discussion of what is known today as Wind Turbine Syndrome. A short excerpt of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be accessed by clicking the link on this page. In the letter, Dr. Pierpont makes specific reference to the work of Dr. N. D. Kelley on the issue of low-frequency noise eminating from operating wind turbines. 

Excerpts of Dr. Pierpont's letter:

The typical symptoms of what is now known worldwide as Wind Turbine Syndrome are: sleep disturbance, headache, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), ear pressure, dizziness (a general term that includes vertigo, light-headedness, sensation of almost fainting, etc), nausea, visual blurring, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), irritability, problems with concentration and memory, and panic episodes associated with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise when awake or asleep.

Does everyone living near wind turbines experience Wind Turbine Syndrome? By no means! What I discovered is that people with (a) motion sensitivity, (b) migraine disorder, (c) elderly (50 years or older), (d) inner ear damage, and (e) autistic children and adults - all these are statistically significant high risk.

The solution is simple: industrial wind turbines must be set back, well away from people's homes, schools, places of work, and anywhere else people regularly congregate. In my 2009 report, I recommended a minimum setback of 2 km in level terrain. Studies done around the world since then have persuaded me that 2 kn is not sufficient, especially in hilly or mountainous terrain -- as with Cesme (Turkey).


For decades, the wind industry flatly denied their turbines produced infrasound. It took monumental efforts by people like me to debunk this fallacy. Wind industry advocates likewise argued that only downwind turbines created noise, that is, low-frequency noise. Dr. Kelley and his research teal effectively debunked that falsehood, in the articles referred to above. Finally, the wind industry clung to the fiction that, "if you can't hear it, it can't hurt you." Professor Salt deflated that one.

It's time to recognize that the global wind industry has hidden behind a series of (what turned out to be) falsehoods. Their untruths have been exposed and corrected in the published clinical and scientific literature, as shown above. 

There is no excuse for building wind turbines in proximity to people's homes.

Pierpont Letter June30 2014

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JUN 30 2014
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