Documents filed under Impact on People
This important analysis concludes that living or working near IWTs can result in adverse health effects (AHEs) in both people and animals. The findings provide compelling evidence that the risk of AHEs should be considered before the approval of wind energy projects and during the assessment of setback distances of proposed and operational projects. The abstract and conclusion of this report can be found below. The full paper is available at the document links on this page.
This important study looked at changes in heart rate variability (HRV) when exposed to low frequency noise produced by wind turbines. HRV does not mean heart rate. Rather HRV measures (in milliseconds) the changes in time between successive heartbeats. The HRV is an important measure of a person's Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The HRV is also referred to as inter-beat intervals, RR intervals, NN intervals, etc. This study found that when exposed to turbine low frequency noise the test subjects showed lower HRV levels. Lower resting-state HRV scores can indicate the body is under stress and lacks the ability to recover or has an exhaustion of recovery capacity.
In this decision, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) ruled Republic Wind, proposed by Apex Clean Energy did "not satisfy the requirements of R.C. 4906.10(A)(3), requiring a minimal adverse environmental impact, or R.C. 4906.10(A)(6), requiring a project serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity, and that these deficiencies cannot be remedied by additional conditions." A portion of the OPSB's conclusions are posted below. The full decision can be accessed at the document links on this page.
Conflicts between wind energy development and indigenous people in Mexico are examined. The abstract and conclusions of this report are provided below. The full report can be accessed at the document links on this page.
In this important report, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, ECCHR and ProDESC highlight the breaches of international human rights law resulting from EDF’s proposed wind energy project known as the Gunaá Sicarú project. The report also names EDF's majority shareholder, the Agence des participations de l’État (APE). More broadly, this reports highlights a culpable negligence on the part of the French State in allowing such human rights violations to occur in the race to build wind energy on Mexico's indigenous lands. The executive summary of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed at the document link(s).
From the conclusion of this study: The purpose of this article is to compare the qualitative and quantitative methodologies and to describe the benefits of having used a qualitative methodology, specifically Grounded Theory in order to study why some people contemplate vacating/abandoning their homes when living within 10 km of industrial wind turbines. ...As described in this article, the siting of industrial wind energy facilities in rurally populated areas can challenge a quantitative methodology due to such factors as low population density, obtaining a sufficient sample, and challenges to achieving statistical power and statistical significance. Grounded Theory methodology served as a practical toolThis important analysis validates the claim that people living in proximity to industrial scale wind turbines who have made house decisions to leave their homes did so based on the impacts of the turbines.
This important report written by a cardiologist provides a critically important, fact-based review of what he's learned and witnessed regarding the impacts of industrial wind turbines on human health. The executive summary and purpose of the report are provided below. The full report can be downloaded from this page. Windaction wishes to extend its special thanks to Dr. Johnson for taking the time to prepare this report.
This complaint in federal court challenges the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) notice of record of decision (ROD) authorizing the issuance of a 25-year lease of land (with a possible 13-year extension) between the Campo Band of Diegueño Mission Indians and Terra-Gen Development Company LLC (“Terra-Gen”), allowing Terra-Gen to develop, construct, the Campo Wind Facilities on the Reservation, and the Boulder Brush Facilities on adjacent private lands. The Campo Wind Facilities would consist of sixty 586-foot tall turbines, three 374-foot meteorological towers, 15 miles of new access roads, an electrical connection and communication system, a collector substation, an operation and maintenance facility, a gen-tie line, and other components needed for construction and operation. A portion of the complaint is provided below. The full complaint can be downloaded from the document links on this page.
This study explored why some people living in proximity to wind turbines contemplate permanently vacating their homes while others contemplate doing so. The abstract of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
This informative report validates the testimonies of homeowners that were filed in numerous appeals involving wind energy facilities approved for construction in Ontario Canada. The abstract of the report and an excerpt of the paper's discussion are provided below. The full report, which includes the list of the wind energy appeals by case number, can be accessed at the document links provided on this page.
This important study from Canada shows the degree of impact on human health for those living within 550 meters of an operational wind turbine. The abstract and conclusions of the report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by selecting the document links on this page.
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, the increasing and unregulated production of infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN, ≤200 Hz) has led to a considerable rise in associated noise complaints and health-related issues. The most recent of such ILFN sources are industrial wind turbines (IWT). Acoustical field-data was collected within a home located in the vicinity of IWT, to which the AUC Rule 012 and its requirements were applied. In Ontario, IWT noise complaints were gathered under the Freedom of Information legislation. Goal: To explore the usefulness of current noise control rules when protecting human populations against ILFN generated by IWT.
BACKGROUND: Noise from wind turbines (WTs) is associated with annoyance and, potentially, sleep disturbances.
The pilot study carried out in Satakunta and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland shows that the damage caused by infrasound from wind power plants will only decrease significantly more than 15 kilometers away from wind turbines. The study was carried out by the Finnish Association for Environmental Health (SYTe) in the spring 2016. A portion of the study's results is provided below. The full report (in English) can be found at the document links on this page.
There were 4574 Incident Reports/Complaints regarding wind turbine operation received by Ontario’s hotline in the period from 2006-2016. More than 50% of the 3000 complaints received from 2006 to 2014 had no response from the government. Another 30% were noted as “deferred” response while only 1% of the reports received a priority response. This important report examines the incident reports and highlights the role of the reports in assessing public health concerns.
Audiologist Dr. Jerry Punch, a professor emeritus in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, submitted comments in regard to a wind energy facility before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Dr. Punch's comments focus on the impacts of wind turbines noise on human health. A portion of his comments are provided below. His complete letter can be downloaded at the links on this page.
This important paper examines the highly touted Health Canada study that looked at wind turbine noise and its impact on human health. The authors cite serious limitations of the Health Canada methodology and the failure of Health Canada to honor its original intention of releasing the raw data for other researchers to confirm and test Health Canada's findings. Readers are encouraged to read this paper closely before accepting the reported findings of the Health Canada study.