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MassDEP Sound Sampling Studies: Falmouth Wind - Mass.Gov

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Mar 7, 2013

Massachusetts Wind Turbine Health Impact Counter Points

The Panel merely reviewed literature and public media sources and met only three
Stated that sleep disruption is the most commonly reported complaint by people and
discusses this primarily as a result of “unwanted sound” and audible, amplitudemodulated
noise (“whooshing”)

Writes off most self-reported “annoyance” as a combination of sound, sight of the
turbine, and attitude towards the wind project (ES-5)

Therefore, according to the Panel, because they “found” no negative health effects to
humans as a result of their literature research, it must necessarily follow that there
are positive health effects. Yet, these positive health effects are not the result of
wind turbines being safe, but that the turbines’“green” impact on the environment will
result in a decrease of conventional sources of fuel. This endorsement of safety is
an admission that the Panel failed to strictly adhere to the scope of their charge.

Expert “Independent” Panel Members:
Dr. James F. Manwell and Dora Anne Mills are extreme pro-wind advocates:
Manwell oversaw the first utility scale wind turbine and the largest wind turbine
constructed in Massachusetts
Manwell has won several awards from American Wind Association and U.S.
Department of Energy
Mills has provided public testimony and “op-ed” newspaper pieces supporting wind
turbines while a member of the Commission and before the findings were released
Posted information on Maine’s CDC website as Maine’s public health director that
wind turbines do not have negative health effects in 2009
Page 2 of the study states that 5 of the panel members “did not have any direct
experience with wind turbines.” While the other members had backgrounds in
epidemiology, toxicology , neurology, and sleep medicine, they had no past direct
experience with wind turbines
Massachusetts Study Cites Sources that Contain Information that Wind Turbines
Cause Negative Health Effects:
The Panel used several articles by the same authors of other studies that Senator
Lasee provided to the PSC
The Panel used several articles that Senator Lasee provided to the PSC that found
that infrasound from wind turbines can have negative health effects, yet the
Massachusetts panel comes to different conclusions than the study authors

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