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Residents ask H-K council for help with wind turbine issues

A number of Huron-Kinloss residents are claiming the Suncor/Acciona wind turbine project is having a serious impact on their health. A presentation was made at Huron-Kinloss council's Jan. 19 meeting requesting help in their talks with Suncor and Acciona. Sandy MacLeod claimed the turbines are the cause of a rash of health problems, including high blood pressure, headaches, sleep disturbances ...

A number of Huron-Kinloss residents are claiming the Suncor/Acciona wind turbine project is having a serious impact on their health.

A presentation was made at Huron-Kinloss council's Jan. 19 meeting requesting help in their talks with Suncor and Acciona.

Sandy MacLeod claimed the turbines are the cause of a rash of health problems, including high blood pressure, headaches, sleep disturbances, the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin, humming in the head, non-stop ringing in the ears and heart palpitations.

MacLeod wants council to work with the affected residents and help them return to the environment they knew before the wind turbines became operational.

Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan said he realizes there is a problem and that council will study the situation.

MacLeod said the situation is better since power lines were buried, but there is still a constant hissing sound in her home and the intensity increases when the wind is high.

Residents declined interviews following the meeting.

Eric Schneider, head of marketing and media relations of Acciona Energy, said in a telephone interview that he is aware of the health concerns surrounding the Ripley project.

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A number of Huron-Kinloss residents are claiming the Suncor/Acciona wind turbine project is having a serious impact on their health.

A presentation was made at Huron-Kinloss council's Jan. 19 meeting requesting help in their talks with Suncor and Acciona.

Sandy MacLeod claimed the turbines are the cause of a rash of health problems, including high blood pressure, headaches, sleep disturbances, the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin, humming in the head, non-stop ringing in the ears and heart palpitations.

MacLeod wants council to work with the affected residents and help them return to the environment they knew before the wind turbines became operational.

Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan said he realizes there is a problem and that council will study the situation.

MacLeod said the situation is better since power lines were buried, but there is still a constant hissing sound in her home and the intensity increases when the wind is high.

Residents declined interviews following the meeting.

Eric Schneider, head of marketing and media relations of Acciona Energy, said in a telephone interview that he is aware of the health concerns surrounding the Ripley project.

Schneider said the company has done all it can do as far as studies go, but he said everything is within normal limits except for some audible acoustics that are over the limit by three to five decibels.

Schneider said Acciona has been involved in turbine projects in countries all over the world for almost 20 years and this is the first time they've had these types of problems.

He said the residents might not be looking at every factor that could be causing these health issues.

"It would be great if we could make the proper adjustment, but studies just haven't found anything conclusive," said Schneider.

One of the major concerns of residents is the stray voltage caused by electrical output. But Schneider said Acciona completed tests and concluded voltage was within normal limits.

Some Huron-Kinloss residents have been having health issues ever since the turbines became operational, which is why they're looking for help from the municipality and the provincial government to assist in resolving their issues.

"We aren't shutting the door on the residents because from our perspective we feel we're part of the community," said Schneider.


Source: http://www.kincardinenews.c...

JAN 28 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18804-residents-ask-h-k-council-for-help-with-wind-turbine-issues
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