We, the undersigned, request, for reasons of safety and health, that:
1. No large wind energy turbine shall be erected closer than 1,500 meters or 12 times its total height (hub height plus rotor radius), whichever is greater, from a neighboring property line or public road or path; and
2. No large wind energy turbine shall be erected closer than 2,000 meters or 15 times its total height, whichever is greater, from a residence, school, place of business, or health care facility.
Large wind energy turbines
- Are subject to stresses that often cause catastrophic blade failure, collapse, and fire.
- May shed and throw large pieces of ice over a great distance.
- Create intrusive shadow flicker over a long distance when the sun is behind the turning blades.
- Raise noise levels to a degree that is incompatible with the rural or wild environment in which they are typically sited.
- Generate a wide range of noises and vibration, day and night, that cause loss of sleep, headaches, tinnitus, irritability, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms in people who live near them.
Large wind turbines therefore need adequate setbacks to protect the health and safety of nearby residents. A distance of 2 kilometers between homes and the turbines is recommended by a variety of noise and health experts.
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