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If the state Department of Environmental Protection doesn't provide the Board of Health an acoustical sound engineer to interpret the data collected from the Independence wind study, board members are prepared to look for one of their own.
A number of residents nearest to the wind farm on Høg-Jæren are struggling with poor sleep, headaches, and other complaints. They believe the cause is the constant swishing sound and turbine roar from the wind turbines put into operation in 2011.
Marion Drive wind developer Mary O'Donnell's three turbines won't be part of the sound study commissioned by the owners of the Independence wind turbine. In a letter to the board, attorney John Yunits wrote that O'Donnell has declined to participate in the acoustical monitoring study.
Linda Kellish always thought wind energy was a good idea, but living close to two industrial-sized turbines has changed her feelings. For one thing, she says, the town's wind turbines have made it impossible to sleep. ...She said getting no response from town officials to her complaint has left her with a helpless feeling of not knowing where to turn.
Of hundreds of credible studies around the world on wind energy, none conclude there is no association between the towering turbines and adverse health effects. ..."(The conclusions are) not new, but it's further confirmation that these are not NIMBYs, these are people affected by these things," Lynn said Tuesday in an interview. "All of the studies rejected the null hypothesis that there was no association. Every one of them found that there was an association."
14 of the 22 wind turbines stretch 4 miles across the Record Hill Ridge in Roxbury. Roxbury residents approved the project but the town of Byron, where Paquette lives, turned it down. Philip Paquette: "No one wants it their backyard but it's not in my backyard it's in Roxbury's and they put it in my backyard when I said no."
The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people's hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines. Starting in May, the federal government plans to study the hair of up to 1,200 people who live near wind turbines.
The research team, which operates under CSU San Marcos, is currently conducting additional interviews with families who live along the Manzanita-Campo border where the turbines are located, Alvarez said. The next step is to test air, water and soil to identify any factors other than the turbines that could cause or contribute to the kinds of illnesses being reported.
State regulators on Thursday rejected an application to build a new wind farm in St. Croix County, citing concerns about turbine noise the project would generate for nearby homes. The state Public Service Commission voted 2-to-1 to reject Emerging Energies’ proposal to build the Highland wind farm, which was proposed to generate 102.5 megawatts of power from 41 turbines.
"MOE Provincial Officers have attended at several of the complainant's [sic] residences and have confirmed that despite the noise emissions apparently complying with the applicable standard ... that the noise emissions are in fact causing material discomfort to the residents in and around their homes," reads the document, written by provincial officer Gary Tomlinson.
Berne says he is deaf, but still is affected by the sound. “It reverberates from Spruce Hill (behind the house) to the front of the house.” He said the windmill is about 2,000 feet from his home. He said his grandchildren, ages 11 and 12, have had trouble sleeping and have been bothered by the “pulsating” red aviation warning lights — an effect caused by the wind turbine blades passing in front of the red lights.
After hearing from the attorneys for the farm owners, the town and the developer, Justice Andrew M. Horton determined there was some controversy about where sound receptors were located and told the two parties to submit a brief describing their locations by next Wednesday.
Unhappy residents close to the Hoosac Wind Project located in Florida and Monroe, Mass. will hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss what they describe as a "disturbing and unbearable turbine noise" in and around neighboring homes.
Monica Elmes deals daily with people who are experiencing negative health impacts due to turbines. She believes by the time any results of Health Canada's study are released, the number of turbines in Chatham-Kent will have doubled.
The following speech was given on the floor of the Australian Parliament, House of Representatives, by the Member for Hume, Alby Schultz. Mr. Schultz addresses the failure of the Waubra wind farm and others to operate within the limits of their permits, the high cost and inefficient operation of wind turbines and, what he deems fraudulent issue of RECs to shell companies overseas.
The EPA will measure sounds down to 0.25 hertz and will ensure wind turbine operator TRUenergy turns the wind turbines off and on when requested to get an accurate measure of background noise. The testing follows a joint study in Wisconsin in the US that found enough evidence to "classify low frequency noise and infrasound as a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the (wind) industry".
A growing anti-wind movement says giant turbines have gone up without sufficient research into health impacts. In the rush to embrace wind power, have the people who live among the wind farms been forgotten?
"We are becoming very ill due to these towers behind us. We have appealed to everyone, I don't know whose responsibility it is to look after our safety, but we are now sick. I have doctors' notes. I have been put out of work. I want suggestions," said Therrien. "Somebody is responsible. We need resolution. We need to get out of there."
KINGSTON, Mass. - The debate about the noise and flicker caused by five wind turbines in Kingston continues. Duration: 1 minute 28 seconds
Angry residents living in the shadow of the Macarthur wind farm are seeking political support for a senate bill which would sever government grants to wind operators that disobey noise restrictions. About 20 property owners living next to the 140-turbine wind farm expressed their anguish to member for Wannon Dan Tehan last week.