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Controversy over wind energy in Brown County. A proposal to amend the noise ordinance to include low- frequency noise will go before the Brown County board. That could decide the fate of future wind farm projects.
Dr. Steven Cooper, an Australian acoustician with considerable experience measuring wind turbine sound emissions, prepared this important and detailed critique of a study sponsored by the South Australia EPA on low-frequency noise. The SA EPA report insisted that infrasound emitted by wind turbines was not different from infrasound from other sources in the environment. Dr. Cooper exposes the fatal flaws in the EPA's methodology for surveying the sound. Excerpts of his critique are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
The households have complained that the noise from the turbines, which have an overall height of around 100 metres, has turned their lives upside down and made their lives unbearable. The constant pulsating noise has led to sleep deprivation and is impacting on the health of those living close by.
An important news report from Australia examining the health issues created by industrial scale wind turbines. Duration: 7 minutes 11 seconds
Numerous noise complaints from abutting neighbors led to the action. Under the terms of the permits, they can be revoked if the applicant engages in any misrepresentation of fact ...When the Zoning Board of Appeals granted special use permits for the turbines in 2010, the applicants said the turbines were "extremely quiet," "almost silent," according to the resolution.
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.