Town of Dartmouth Request Termination of Commercial Wind
Posted in the North Dartmouth Forum
The Dartmouth Board of Health after reviewing recent research and public policy, wrote in their minutes of August 17, 2011 of “health concerns relative to the turbine project", which would place two, 400+ foot industrial turbines within 2500 feet of 130+ families.
This August, the Alternative Energy Committee presented the 2009 Canadian Wind Energy Association report (Can WEA) as proof that wind turbines have no adverse health effects for neighboring families. That report concluded that there is no direct link to health effects from wind turbines. Last June, one of the review authors of that study, Dr. Robert McCunney, stated he was concerned, as a physician, of a “cascade” of indirect health effects of turbines beginning with annoyance, leading to stress, which can lead to sleep disturbance and chronic health problems.
This August, 2011 Dr. Carl V. Phillips, a renowned epidemiologist, directly rebutted the 2009 Can WEA report and concludes that there is “overwhelming evidence that turbines cause serious health problems for a nontrivial fraction of residents living near them. These turbines produce noise in the audible and non-audible ranges, as well as optical flickering, and many people living near them have reported a collection of health effects indicating that there are substantial health risks from the existing exposure, and we do not know how to reduce those risks other than by keeping turbines several kilometers away from homes.
In July, 2011: Dr. Michael Nissenbaum completed the first controlled study of the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep and health. The study shows that “those living within a mile (1.4 km) have suffered sleep disruption which is sufficiently severe as to affect their daytime functioning and mental health”.
In October of 2010, in a health and sound study completed by Dr Alec Salt, at the Cochlear Fluids Research laboratories, Washington Univ, School of Medicine, it was concluded that infrasound (inaudible sound) affects the inner ear and the health of families living closer than 1 ¼ miles from an industrial size wind turbine. Dr. Salt stated that wind turbines generate high levels of this infrasound noise and it is easily detected by the ear and can have effects on the body that profoundly disturb some individuals. It causes dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, and sleep disturbance. Sleep disturbance over a prolonged period is known to be extremely hazardous to health.
For us here in Dartmouth, the health of our families is our biggest concern, and sadly, there may be no way to escape. Families that I personally know who live near turbines, can not afford to leave their homes, so they stay, even though they are sickened. Some, even more tragically, are just walking away from their largest financial asset. They have found that their homes have lost 20%-40% of their value. Or worse, their houses are unsellable.
The real estate research that the Alternative Energy Committee originally presented to the Town members as proof that real estate values would not be affected, has been discredited. The analysis made no distinction between homes near the turbines and those 5 miles away.
An incredibly brave and caring man who lives near a Falmouth turbine recently spoke at the Dartmouth Board of Health and described his and his neighbor’s health problems related to the turbine. He talked of headaches, ringing in his ears, constant head pressure, and poor sleep. When asked why he agreed to speak, He said,
“Simply, what we are going through should not be allowed to ever happen again to anyone.”
We ask that the Town of Dartmouth and the Alternative Energy Committee continue to implement successful and risk-free solar energy and conservation projects, and either terminate town wind turbine projects, or change the bylaw that determines turbine setback from family homes to what is suggested by recent research.
Listen to this speech on S-T .com from a few years ago about the Dartmouth wind turbines.You have to listen and keep in mind what's going on in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Over fifty residents report sleep deprivation, elevated stress levels, headaches, feelings of nausea – symptoms described by over 50 Falmouth residents living near the town-owned wind turbine off Blacksmith Shop Road.
Massachusetts Gov Patrick once said :"If you want to see the future, come to Falmouth."
Today Falmouth is the last place Gov Patrick wants to hear about. The Falmouth wind turbine was poorly sited near residential homes and is placing the governors commercial wind turbine projects in jeopardy.
I never said there is no noise or shadow flicker! These people can live fine with this problem! This is a financial gain for the Town of Dartmouth and the environment!
Listen to my speech and get it through your heads!
Dartmouth wind advocate Dr. Ron DiPippo, an engineer and chairman of the Dartmouth Alternative Energy Committee, says shadow flicker can be disconcerting and is opponents’ most valid concern. He also responds to an opinion piece in The Standard-Times by Canadian engineer William K. G. Palmer, who warned that even a small piece of falling turbine blade would hit the ground with the force of a Ford Crown Victoria.
The shadow flicker is a problem! Also a little noise - The financial gain justifies the ends!
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