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Noise & Health
Developers throw caution to the wind.
The Scottish Developers distributed at their propaganda exhibition at Churchover ' wind lobby fact sheets' on noise. They quoted Dr Leventhal “I can state quite categorically that there is no significant infrasound from current design of wind turbines”.
This is a blatant misleading of the public.
The first thing to remember is you can't trust the Developers’ facts !
The actual facts are not so simple and are well documented by independant research, particularly in America, Canada, Australia and the UK by noted experts showing there is a condition called 'wind turbine syndrome'.
Although the wind industry denies that industrial wind turbines generate LFN that affects humans, the National Research Council in 2007 stated: “Wind turbines generate a broad spectrum of noise including low frequency noise…which may be audible or inaudible”. In addition in 1999 The World Health Organization stated: “It is widely affirmed that exposure to audible low frequency noise can cause adverse health effects in humans”.
The opportunist developers want to site turbines based on financial convenience and to recklessly gamble with the health and well being of our rural communities.
There is compelling evidence that wind turbine noise can and does disturb sleep and impair health of those living too close (read a May 2013 letter in 'Round the Revel') and that current guidance is inadequate protection.
The government guidelines on wind turbine noise were written in the mid 1990s (ETSV-R-97) and urgently need updating. Independant scientists conducted research in 2012 into these guidelines. See their report
It is considered that health experience from existing wind turbines mandates a pre cautionary setback of at least 2kms in order to avoid disturbance to sleep.
A recent report on health impacts of turbines in Australia can be read here...
A world symposium on the health hazards of windfarms took place in Ontario in October 2010 and in presentation by the foundation upon which the Wind Industry sits... was taken apart and dismantled. See http://wellingtontimes.ca/unity-of-knowledge
ASWAR recommends that Rugby Borough planners be guided by The Society for Wind Vigilance www.windvigilance.com that promotes research for authoritative wind turbine guidelines.
There is another scientific website focused on windfarm health hazards www.windturbinesyndrome.com
Other recent scientific papers:-