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Friday, April 17, 2009

Martha Young Sends Copy Of Letter To Causer

Rep. Causer: Effects from wind turbines on the health of local communities can be minimized and perhaps eliminated completely with adequate safety guidelines. What is the state legislature doing to protect Pennsvylania residents from harm due to poorly written local ordinances? We have ordinances in Potter County that require only a 750 foot setback and noise limits of only 55 dBs.

- Martha Young
Sweden Township
Potter County

http://www.wind-watch.org/ww-noise-health.php
Noise & Health Effects of Large Wind Turbines
Several physicians from around the world -- e.g., Amanda Harry in England, Robert McMurtry in Ontario, Robyn Phipps in New Zealand -- have recorded a common set of ill health effects among people living near industrial-scale wind turbines. The symptoms began when local turbines began to turn, and they are relieved when the victims leave the area.
The symptoms include:

* sleep disturbance
* headache
* ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
* ear pressure
* dizziness, vertigo
* nausea
* visual blurring
* racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
* irritability
* problems with concentration and memory
* panic episodes with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep

Dr. Nina Pierpont of New York has called it "wind turbine syndrome" and determined that its primary cause is the effect of low-frequency wind turbine noise on the organs of the inner ear. Click here for her book and other information on the subject. Dr. Pierpont's work has led her to recommend that large wind turbines not be sited closer than 2 kilometers (1-1/4 miles) from a home -- see below for link to petition for 2-km setbacks.

Shadow flicker -- where the sun behind turbine blades creates a strobing effect on the ground -- may also be intrusive and harmful. Many people are also concerned about stray voltage, or ground current, caused by the hundreds of thousands of feet of buried electric cable in a typical wind power facility.

Finally, an increase in noise is itself disruptive and can cause sleep loss and stress, especially in rural areas where there is an expectation of quiet. The World Health Organization notes that "Measurable effects of noise on sleep begin at LAeq levels of about 30 dB. ... When noise is continuous, the equivalent sound pressure level should not exceed 30 dB(A) indoors, if negative effects on sleep are to be avoided. For noise with a large proportion of low-frequency sound [dB(C)] a still lower guideline value is recommended."

Acousticians Rick James and George Kamperman have extensively studied wind turbine noise: click here to read their siting guidelines. In brief, they recommend a limit at the property line of 35 dBA or 5 dBA above the preconstruction ambient level, whichever is lower, and a limit of 50 dBC or 20 dBC above the preconstruction ambient dBA level, whichever is lower, for low-frequency noise.

For all of the items about wind turbine noise in the National Wind Watch Resource Library, click here.

14 comments :

RS said...

I would much rather see a bunch of windmills in my "backyard" than a coal mine, nuclear reactor or a oil refinery.

When are we going to realize that we need RENEWABLE alternative sources of fuel for the future and that some sacrifices will have to be made???

Anonymous said...

Dear RS:
I agree with you that we need renewable sources and have to make some sacrifices.
I believe wind energy is part of the solution.
But those sacrifices should not include damaging the health of your neighbors so that you can make a buck and we can all feel well about using renewable energy.
The solution is to be careful where we allow these turbines to be built.
Don't you agree, my renewable energy brother?
Thank you.
Mark

Anonymous said...

Martha
Ease up,you are going to make yourself sick before anything else has a chance.You have become your own worst enemy.

Anonymous said...

can we get noise limits on here?! I think people are louder on the blog than the windmills are.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Did someone put a wind turbine near my house and I not know it....I have had all of those symtoms at one time or another...

Anonymous said...

Me too! I have all those symptoms. Where is it? I will find that dang thing if it is the last thing I do!

Anonymous said...

I think all the people complaining about the wind turbines are just mad because they weren't asked to have them put on their land. They are getting those symptoms because they aren't making as much money as their neighbors!

Anonymous said...

Is this the same martha that wanted a share of the monitary profits from those who leased their land for herself, her friend, and her family?

Anonymous said...

Could Martha please point out Dr. Pierpont's qualifications to diagnose such and how many people has she diagnosed with these complications due to windturbines.

These facts definitely need to be brought forth in a meeting and if the Dr is still as close as up state New York she may want to be present to present them herself.

Anonymous said...

The numerous symptoms of ill health attributed to windmills in this article are easily recognized. In fact I have many of them myself. I thought they're attributed to the 50+ syndrome, because in my younger years I recall my parents and grandparents having the same problems. Now that these ills have a formal cause, perhaps a new charity can be formed!
However --- as with any new technology (not that windmills are new ... ask the Dutch) the modern age requires regulations. In forming these regulations do we drown in our ignorance by creating an overabundance of them, thereby forcing ourselves into a lifetime of dependance on fossil fuels? Or do we strive for a balance of using what nature has provided us, withouut wrecking the world? Just how smart are we?

Anonymous said...

"Windmills." Not hardly! These big machines are more than 400 feet tall. You need to do some research before you start throwing out your insults about people who have the audacity to care about their health. A simple solution is to not allow these machines too close to the neighboring property or allowing the noise to exceed a set level. There. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

"GOT WIND?"

Anonymous said...

you are all idiots!!!!!!!!!!!you only care about yourselves.

Anonymous said...

DAMN TALKING PHONE BOOKS