UNDERSTANDING THE EVIDENCE: WIND TURBINE NOISE
The Expert Panel on Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health
By: Council of Canadian Academics – Science Advice in the Public Interest
The CCA supports the status quo for wind turbines. The CCA did not recognize that wind turbines operating in quiet rural communities produce the most significant adverse health effects. This study should not have been hobbled by competing government responsibilities; wind-turbine development incentives, site permitting, and protecting public health. Academic participation does not foster credibility when commissioned to perform consensus building.
Wind turbine health research is critical, which requires health professionals to make contributions to original research as witnesses. There are many adversely affected communities where they could live as wind turbine neighbors. Two acousticians concerned about why there were so many neighbors’ complaints, went to Falmouth, Massachusetts to investigate wind turbine noise levels during strong winds. They were invited by strangers already adversely impacted to use their home, a custom, well built insulated house, about 1700-ft from an operating 1.65 MW turbine. (Wind turbine acoustic investigation: Infrasound and low frequency noise—A case study). These owners experienced significant health problems forcing abandonment of their “dream” house.