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Unpacking wind farm impacts

Fears over adverse health impacts caused by wind farms are being heavily scrutinised during a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial renewable energy source. The Senate select committee inquiry into the regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines, established last November, is due to report by August 3.
2 Jun 2015

Unpacking wind farm impacts

“The problem is that, in spite of the fact that you say they are the most stringent rules and regulations, people are still claiming to have health effects and annoyance and sleep deprivation. What we are trying to establish here is: what needs to be done to remedy this situation so that people - the general public; the people who are suffering - have a greater sense that they are being listened to and that there are stringent guidelines in place for the development of wind farms.”
1 Jun 2015

Senator David Leyonhjelm wants government to monitor wind turbine noise

"I am usually the last person to support the creation of additional government bureaucracy but when we are directing around $22 billion towards the Renewable Energy Target (RET), the creation of a regulator would be a drop in the bucket," Senator Leyonhjelm says. "Those who justify action on climate change because of the precautionary principle will understand the need to apply the same principle to infrasound."
24 May 2015

South-west wind farm noise victims unlikely to be relocated

South-west people adversely affected by wind farms hold little hope that a proposal for them to receive money to relocate will be successful. The proposal was put to the Senate inquiry into wind turbines by former federal government aircraft noise specialist David Southgate, who said funding people to relocate was commonly used by government and industry to manage noise around facilities such as airports and mines.
21 May 2015

Seeking peace from turbine turbulence

Sonia Trist moved from Britain to the spectacular rolling hills overlooking the Southern Ocean at Cape Bridgewater in Victoria’s southwest in 2007 knowing that wind turbines would soon surround her new home. What she was not expecting were health problems including sleeplessness, heart palpitations, high blood pressure and dizziness, which she says she began to suffer months after the turbines began operating.
8 Apr 2015

Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines

Mr Cooper has received further support for his work at Cape Bridgewater from computer scientists in Canada who have been working to record sub-audible noise or infrasound from wind turbines since 2013. Richard Mann, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said scientists there had arrived at a similar position to Mr Cooper despite working in a different way. “Our results show that wind turbines emit a characteristic pulsation (change in barometric pressure) that repeats with every blade passage,” Professor Mann said.
24 Feb 2015

Windfarm study author threatens to sue Media Watch for misrepresentation

An acoustic engineer is threatening to sue the ABC’s Media Watch over claims he and his research on the health effects of windfarms were misrepresented on a recent program. A 16 February episode of Media Watch fiercely criticised a report by the Australian’s environment editor Graham Lloyd that claimed a study by acoustician Steven Cooper had found that people living near windfarms faced a greater risk of suffering health complaints.
23 Feb 2015

Pacific Hydro pulls the plug on wind farm research

Pacific Hydro said it understood some people would be disappointed but considered the National Health and Medical Research Council the appropriate body to co-ordinate further work. The NHMRC said last week that it would commission targeted, high-quality research into the effects of wind farms, including into low- frequency noise and ­infrasound.
18 Feb 2015

Wind farm experts ‘not qualified’ to link turbines to health

Mr Cooper will present the findings of his report — which ranked reported “sensations” experie­nced by six residents against the operation of the wind farm — to a special meeting in Cape Bridgewater tonight. ...The report has been praised internationally as a “first-of-its-kind test” by some of the world’s most respected and experienced acoustics experts, with firsthand knowledge of wind farm noise.
16 Feb 2015

Health research body to fund wind-farm studies

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Health and Medical Research Council said research into the complex issue of wind farms and health was limited and of poor quality, with “no consistent evidence” of wind farms causing adverse health effects. But NHMRC chief executive Warwick Anderson said it was “important to say no consistent evidence does not necessarily mean no effect on human health’’.
13 Feb 2015

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