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Tests eyed for Fond du Lac area wind turbine impact; Neighbors hope state will fund health study

About 20 people discussed their experiences with wind farms during the monthly Fond du Lac County Board of Health meeting. The Board unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday requesting the state of Wisconsin fund and complete a study on the impact of wind turbines on human health. The matter will go before the Fond du Lac County Board at its Aug. 20 meeting.
19 Aug 2013

Residents near wind project attest to health woes

There are serious health problems in the Shirley Wind project in southern Brown County. Inaudible sound and low frequency noise (LFN) were measured in three vacated homes in early December 2012. Dr. Alec Salt's peer-reviewed report, "Wind Turbines Can Be Hazardous to Human Health," stated such noise can damage one's inner ear mechanism, which might explain why 55 residents near the Shirley Wind project have completed affidavits for the Brown County Board of Health reporting headaches, dizziness, nausea, ear pressure, tinnitus and sleep deprivation while living in their homes.
28 Jun 2013

Wind Power: Cutting the Spin

Sen. Lasee is now pushing for more regulations on wind energy that could limit its future growth even more. "What I'd like to do is at the very least, follow the lead of Australia and have a mile and a quarter setback from anybody's property line," said Sen. Lasee.
30 Apr 2013

Wind farm proposal rejected, PSC cites noise concerns

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.
14 Feb 2013

Officials continue to urge additional testing at Shirley Wind Farm amid health concerns

The PSC decision does not mean further testing is off the table at Shirley. The Wisconsin Towns Association adopted a resolution asking the Public Service Commission to enact a moratorium to prevent wind turbines from being permitted and installed until further studies are done that investigate the link between turbines and health concerns.
3 Feb 2013

Spin on wind report disturbing

The acoustical firms involved in the sound testing were unanimous, "The four investigating firms are of the opinion that enough evidence and hypotheses have been given herein to classify LFN and infrasound as a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the industry" and "We recommend additional study on an urgent priority basis..." Scientific study is clearly needed to establish humane and appropriate turbine location setbacks from homes to protect the health and safety of exposed populations.
12 Jan 2013

Sparks fly over wind turbine study

Their joint report stated that low-frequency noise including sounds below the threshold of audibility constitutes "a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the industry," adding, "It should be addressed beyond the present practice of showing that wind turbine levels are magnitudes below the threshold of hearing at low frequencies."
11 Jan 2013

Environmental group says Jacque 'misinterpreted' Shirley Wind study

Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, said his constituents are suffering from "harmful" symptoms as a result of their proximity to the Shirley Wind Farm. ..."The pro-wind advocates are essentially calling these residents liars, and that the negative health impacts they have experienced are not in fact objective. Unlike the wind proponents, these families do not have an agenda."
6 Jan 2013

Study suggests wind turbines' low-frequency noise could cause health woes

Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, called on the PSC to halt wind turbine construction "to keep this nightmare from spreading." Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, said in a statement the agency should "immediately establish new set-back requirements that protect the health and wellness of Wisconsin residents who are forced to live too close to these 500-foot-tall" industrial wind turbines.
4 Jan 2013

Study finds 'dangerous levels' of noise from turbines

A Public Service Commission study has found what one Wisconsin lawmaker classifies as "dangerous levels" of wind turbine-generated low frequency noise or infrasound at the Shirley Wind Project. Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, has called on the Public Service Commission to issue an emergency rule to immediately suspend the permitting process for wind projects.
1 Jan 2013

Sen. Lasee: Responds to attack by wind special interest groups

If the members of WEBA (Wisconsin Energy Business Association) are being honest about their belief that wind turbines do not cause negative health effects, then I suppose I will have three very happy families in my district. The WEBA members can buy the homes these families have been forced to abandon at fair market value before the IWT's were built and move in or resell them for what they can get now.
13 Jul 2012
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