There’s been much debate as to whether or not wind turbines pose health risks. According to The Boston Globe, a panel of independent scientists and doctors have found that there is little or no evidence that wind turbines pose a health risk to nearby residents.
Those living near wind turbines have complained the turning of the blades, flickering light, and vibrations have been the cause of their dizziness, nausea or anxiety. However, the recent report, commissioned by the state Department of Environmental Protection, has found no evidence to support this. The report did find “limited evidence” that the noise from turbines can cause sleep disruption or annoyance in those living near wind projects.
Guess what? So do cars, trains, and construction crews. Personally, I’d prefer a wind turbine outside my window than honking car horns or screaming children—both of which I currently experience. However, earplugs have proven a genius invention. Also, I see this as another reason to push for offshore wind projects, which entirely eliminate problems of proximity.
Filed Under: News, Offshore wind, Safety
Stephen E. Ambrose, INCE Bd.Cert. says
Kathleen, I am amazed that a panel of scholarly experts can make scientific judgements outside of their areas of professional expertise. Their report reminds me of how Galileo was first judged by his peers and church; Phd’s and wind industry. I am a professional acoustician who has gone out and researched wind turbine noise and infrasound. I have lived in neighbors houses on windy days ans nights. It is not pleasant to feel dibilitated for no apparent reason. We have a big problem that some health professionals deny to know. Wind turbine neighbors are like the canary in the mine; the first to react to a problem. Go out and investigate first-hand for the scientific truth. I have co-authored a well researched report; The Bruce McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study. Read it, believe it, investigate for yourself. Respectfully submitted,