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Senator John Madigan has attacked the country’s peak medical body for dismissing claims about health effects from wind farm turbines, questioning whether the position is politically motivated. The Australian Medical Association last week released its first official comments on the controversial subject, declaring existing evidence did not show infrasound from the turbines’ action caused adverse health effects.
Mrs Schneider said “proper research” needed to be done by independent experts without bias or by people on both sides of the debate working together. She said it should be up to governments to pay for the research. “If the governments are going to put poor planning policies in place ... they should be paying for the research,” she said.
NHMRC chief executive Warwick Anderson said work so far showed only seven studies worldwide were reliable enough to draw conclusions. "It's clear that further high quality research is needed, particularly exploring some of those health-related effects," he said. "At that stage we will consider calling for specific research to attack these particular gaps in knowledge."
This is a story about the wind industry and turbine manufacturer, Vestas and the global campaign to counter dissent about the adverse impacts caused by their product to an often ignored minority of people living in rural communities worldwide.
A legal challenge against the controversial $2 billion King Island wind farm proposal could be thwarted if state-owned Hydro Tasmania succeeds in making its opponents find $165,000 as security for costs. Wind farm opponents, the No TasWind Farm Group, said its legal challenge security cost "tipping point" was only about $20,000.
And Greg Barratt said he was confident the community would have the final say after the completion of Hydro's feasibility study, rejecting any concerns the state- owned company would simply rubber stamp the project. "I think it's better that the community decide rather than having a court decision," Cr Barratt said.
Doctor Mauri Johansson says the wind industry is so powerful that it's managed to have negative research suppressed and has used its influence to prevent fresh research. "In the Nordic countries, the wind turbine industry has been successful to hide all these informations. We know already from the 1980s, in USA, very serious research was done showing clearly that people get ill but that was buried totally in the late 80s by the industry. It seems then nothing has been done on the medical side. They have shunted out also in Denmark the health authorities both centrally and in local communities."
The National Health and Medical Research Council began its review of so-called ''wind-turbine syndrome'' in September 2012 and the results are expected to be released in ''coming months''. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told commercial radio this month that research should be refreshed "from time to time" to consider whether there were "new facts that impact on old judgments".
An anti-wind farm lobby group in southern New South Wales wants the State Government to freeze a controversial wind farm proposal. In September, the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure recommended conditional approval of a 63 turbine farm near Collector village, between Canberra and Goulburn.
The letter, sent to eight properties, warned that development consent was not a defence against possible legal action and recommended recipients seek legal advice. Mr Hodgson said he had been advised by his lawyers that there was "extensive" precedent to sue his neighbours should the turbines prove a nuisance, and that he would seek damages.
“Bullying those who are speaking out and persistently shooting the messenger, and displaying his ignorance of the predictable health consequences of exposure to night time low frequency noise is only ruining Prof Chapman's previously wonderful reputation as an advocate for tobacco harm reduction,” she said.
Residents are desperately trying to convince council and others that wind turbine sickness isn’t a psychological oddity as suggested by academics. Neither the health community or the government say there is any evidence supporting their claims. But at least a dozen people described waking up in the early hours suffering from vibrations and dizziness they claim is caused by the giant AGL-operated wind energy plant near Macarthur.
Residents of Bookham and Bowning against the offers of rooftop solar panels and hot water heaters from a company of a proposed $700 million wind farm west of Yass. Offers of rooftop solar panels and solar hot water heating will not sway neighbours of a proposed $700 million wind farm west of Yass.
The Abbott government is eyeing stricter wind farm laws that could see round-the-clock monitoring of noise levels and a new investigation into the supposed health effects of wind turbines.
About 84 people filled out questionnaires, with 63 claiming their health had been affected, according to the report. All 63 said their sleep had suffered since the wind farm began operating. "Of real concern is that children are included as part of respondents' households and are being impacted," the report states.
Last month the council said it would tell Mr Walkden the noise was within the stipulated limits and there were no grounds for enforcement proceedings. However, it said that the small margin of compliance justified further monitoring.
More than 200 people attended the commission to witness 47 residents and local stakeholders discuss the good and the bad of the potential wind farms. ...Mr Gregory was in a minority of speakers who supported the wind turbine project, a high percentage of speakers discussed potential health issues, flora and fauna damage, visual amenities and air navigation issues.
Wind health groups in the US and Australia said although modern wind turbines were different to the one studied, the 1987 research was significant because industry noise-testing regulations had been specifically designed to exclude testing inside buildings and did not concentrate on low-frequency noise -- the two main issues identified in the report.
Landholders whose properties look onto the Gullen Range wind farm being built at Bannister, on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, say their rural landscape is being destroyed. The 165MW project belongs to China-based developer Goldwind and will be made up of 73 turbines.
The judge said there was no doubt New Zealand Windfarms' original application significantly under-estimated how much noise the 65 Windflow 500 turbines would generate at the wind farm. The problems became apparent in 2009 when complaints from neighbours began pouring in, with 800 received so far. "The error was a grave one," he said.