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Complaints about noise disturbance can range from the steady swishing noise from the blade to a louder thump which can sometimes occur, the review said. But, it added, the annoyance is not just limited to the thunderous sound a wind farm can create. Flickering shadows can similarly irk those who live near one.
A giant wind turbine in Mullavilly, County Armagh - which operated 24/7 – is now in use during working hours only, following a Court Order served after an appeal against a Noise Abatement Notice was dismissed. An out of Court settlement was agreed between village based company Rapid International and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.
On July 22, 2016, Blandine Vue from France wrote to Marie-Eve Héroux, member of the panel developing the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region.
The president of the Polish National Audit Authority (NIK) testified before a parliamentary committee on 12 May 2016 that in up to one-third of all the rural municipalities covered by the NIK investigation found decision makers responsible for granting permits for wind farm developments, or close family members of such local officials, were beneficiaries of land leases for these projects. A report on his testimony is provided below.
The council and the company agreed last month that the turbine should operate from 8am-5pm only, and should also be turned off during bank and public holidays, five working days at Easter, a fortnight over the Twelfth of July period, and over Christmas and the New Year.
The Cotton Farm campaigners, along with the Independent Noise Group, are calling on the Government to protect existing wind farm neighbours and bring in tighter controls on where wind farms are located in the future, specially their proximity to homes. ...“They [people living near turbines] cannot sell their houses and they can’t open their windows. The data is available.
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The Polish National Institute of Public Health has filed this opinion regarding the construction of industrial wind energy facilities in close proximity to residential areas.
The Commissioner’s Office receives more and more letters from citizens complaining about a deterioration of their health due to the wind turbines’ influence, as well as about the wind farm locating and building procedures. ...The Commissioner has contacted the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction on that matter.
One family said that the wind farm near Clonfert would result in constant noise, flickering as well as destroying their views. The turbines, they say, would also interfere with their internet coverage. The planning application is for a ten-year permission to construct a wind farm at Lisbeg in Clonfert.
France, host of the U.N. climate conference, prides itself on being one of the world’s top innovators in wind energy technology, and wind turbines have become a symbol of the country’s commitment to clean energy. But the French government is coming under fire from farmers and others who say the proximity of some of the turbines is hurting wildlife and cattle. VOA Europe Correspondent Luis Ramirez went to a dairy farm in the northern Picardy region to get one farmer’s story
The need for a survey conducted by the TV-KY Association arose when a growing number of residents in areas located near wind farms started to report health problems, some of which were serious. The measurements showed that the rapidly changing low frequency noise and infrasound caused by wind turbines can indeed be measured inside Finnish homes.
“The INWG suggest these two decades of deception are now resulting in serious annoyance and far reaching risks to the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people living in the proximity of wind farms.” The report calls for an “overhaul of the planning conditions that have led to these wind farms being granted planning permission in the first place."
Yann Joly is suing CSO Energy for €356,900 (£260,000) over wind turbines which he alleges have led to a dramatic fall in cows' milk output. The French dairy farmer is being forced to sell his cows and will grow crops on his land instead due to the wind turbines being put in place.
In May 2013 the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal decided that the remaining 3 turbines had to be removed from the vicinity of Mr. R’s property. The lower court had ordered the removal of the closest turbine but allowed the other three to stay, hence the appeal to the Supreme Court. The developer is apparently appealing the decision to the European Court. ...A bittersweet victory given that Mr R’s health is ruined and the family’s way of life destroyed. Money cannot fix that sort of damage. From a legal point of view what is important is that the courts, including the Supreme Court, accepted the expert evidence of the authors of this paper concerning the terrible toll that infrasound and low-frequency noise has on both humans and animals, whilst it rejected the opposing evidence led by the wind industry lawyers.
This study looked at whether the visual, shadow flicker and noise impacts predicted by wind farm developers in documentation submitted with their planning applications are consistent with the impacts experienced once the wind farm is operational. Through an examination of 10 wind energy facilities, the authors concluded that in some cases the impacts described in the planning applications did not match the actual impact. A summary of the study and findings is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
“You cannot smell it, you cannot see it, and you cannot really hear it but maybe it still drives some people crazy.” This powerful news story from Spiegel TV Magazine explores wind turbine infrasound impacts on people. English subtitles added by Friends Against Wind.
The Westermost Wind facility dominates the horizon of a North Sea beach. The project was placed in-service in 2015. It consists of 35 Siemens 6 megawatt turbines (210 MW) just 5 miles off the shoreline. The turbine blades are 246-feet long with a rotor diameter of 505 feet.
Huntingdonshire District Council confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) it will be measuring levels at the Cotton Farm Wind Farm, on a former airfield, after receiving a flood of complaints about noise from people living in surrounding villages.
Finnish legislation determines a 40 decibel noise limit over an hourly average at night in proximity to any housing. But the government in 2012 issued new guidelines that lower that limit to 35dB. ...The new limit would mean that no wind parks could be built closer than two kilometres from any holiday cottages.