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.
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