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Low frequency noise can affect people differently — like fingernails on a chalkboard. This may not bother one person, but it may negatively impact another. When turbines are at their noisiest, it is like experiencing motion sickness and/or a feeling of anxiety.
The lawsuit said the wind farm is incompatible with surrounding land uses, will decrease property values, destroy views, create shadow flicker and "incessant and annoying" noise, and hurt wildlife. The lawsuit also identified procedural errors. The company, for instance, failed to provide a turbine layout, a noise model, or a plan for how it would decommission abandoned turbines, the lawsuit said.
Turbines should not be sited near homes, period. ...Once you allow turbines to invade your area there is nothing the Vermilion County Board can do to help you. Trust me, you do not want to live in a wind turbine hell as my family does. I suggest you do your homework now instead of paying for it later.
A turbine near their house, Schwartzbach said, was a constant bother. "It produces loud humming sounds. At night it's ubearable. We turn on the TV to drown it out, so we can fall asleep. We don't hear the crickets at night or birds in the morning."
Michael Creech had planned to retire at the family homestead, a two-story farmhouse among square miles of farmland east of Hope in western Vermilion County. But he said he's changed his mind ...mostly because of the noise. There are three different noises, a whooshing sound from the blades turning, a droning noise that he compares to a jet engine, and noise from the motors when the turbines change position.
"My house won't be worth anything with a wind farm next to it," he said. "There are a lot of people who don't want [the wind turbines] to be our neighbors. If they want to come to our neighborhood, they should buy our neighborhood."
Margina Schwartzbach says there was a reason she never objected beforehand to a planned wind turbine next to her home: No one told her about it. The West Brooklyn woman says she found out about it when the project started - more than a year after the county approved it.
Ten of the 19 proposed turbines would violate Bureau County Zoning ordinances, mostly on being too close to homes, property lines and housing communities like Normandy. The developers have asked for variances to these ordinances. It is curious that developers could not find other spots for these 10 turbines in the thousands of surrounding acres.
Critics contend plans for Green River Wind Farm Phase I, which call for building nine wind turbines and a substation in Whiteside County, conflict with the county ordinance by failing to specify the size of the wind turbines and failing to include a decommissioning plan, among other issues.
Wednesday's hearing at the Rock Falls Community Building was the first in Whiteside County for the planned wind farm, known as the Green River project. About 70 people attended, with the Rock Falls police chief and the Whiteside County sheriff on hand for security.
The Lee County Zoning Board ...blatantly ignored its statutory responsibilities by recommending that the current 12-year-old, 1,400-foot setback distance between homes and wind turbines remain unchanged. ...this recommendation was made with absolutely no consideration or compassion for the harmful health effects that today's huge wind turbines would wreak upon Township families.
"These wind turbines are being rammed down our throats," Boggess told those attending a pubic meeting in New Berlin Wednesday. "There's a reason we moved out to the country -- to get away from the big buildings and city lights,"
Stacy Gonigam, a Hamilton Township resident, said her family has rejected Mainstream's offer to have turbines on their farm. She wasn't impressed with the company's offer of money to neighbors in Bureau County. "It sounds like they're bribing the neighbors to keep their mouths shut," said Gonigam, the township's supervisor. "I don't think that's a good neighbor."
"'Flicker' is a euphemism," said Preller, who is self-employed. "I can't see my computer screen. I can't read. I bought heavy, thick blinds, but it doesn't matter. It comes right through. "We are shut out from doing our work for 45 minutes in the middle of the afternoon."
No one should bank on it, but the Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals might finally dig its teeth into the biggest issue related to wind energy regulations. That would be the required distance between wind turbines and homes. On Dec. 15, the panel spent the last 10 minutes of its 2-hour meeting looking at the setback issue.
Citizens for Open Government - a group of local residents opposed to the wind turbines in the county - dismissed the lawsuit Friday after reaching a settlement with NextEra, the builders and operators of the wind farm and one of the many defendants.
The board delayed action on noise regulations, but it began discussion on the setback distance. The board's chairman, Ron Conderman, recommended keeping the current 1,400 feet ...Fassler suggested a mile, which he said would require wind farms to negotiate with everyone in that area. Neighbors shouldn't have to negotiate after wind turbines are up, he said.
Anyone who argues that wind turbines don't have bad health effects are either ignoring the evidence or "trying to mislead," Phillips said. Victims of the health effects often move away and then see their health improve, he said. "What had been their sanctuary is now a hostile environment," he said.
Ogan, who filed his complaint in January, said the company told him that his antenna wasn't high enough. But he disagreed. With that same antenna, he said, his TV got better reception before the wind farm started. His wife, Claudia Ogan, said her TV had often been down to one channel since the wind farm started operating.
As we sit on our patio, we are looking at 31 turbines spinning. The sound is a monotonous sound of whish, whish that can vary in intensity and, at times, has sounded like a train rumbling down a track. I refer to it as irritating, like a dripping faucet. It just never stops, unless the turbine is not running. The beautiful countryside in our area has disappeared, along with the quiet and peaceful county living we once had.