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Ambrose, Stephen
Falmouth wind turbines: Decision for larger, overlooked louder ~
Separation distance is the solitary wind turbine noise control method to assure protections for public health and compatibility with the area. (Two international consensus guidelines may be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a regulatory statute: WHO 2009 Table 1 noise effects on health, and ANSI S12.9, Parts 4 & 5 assessment of compatibility.) A direct relationship connects sound power level (Lw) to noise source distance: ISO 9613-2, section 7.1: Adiv = 20Log(m) + 11 dB. The MassDEP regulates the . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen
Proposal and comments for implementing a rule regarding sound from wind generation projects ~
There is an unsaid purpose and intent for this request [from the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB)]. Might it be an acknowledgement that “Vermont’s wind turbine noise rule does not protect neighbors from excessive noise and adverse health impacts”? This is obviously due to persistent complaints, and at least one home abandonment. This solicitation for public comments should not be used to divert-delay-deny public attention. Wind turbine neighbors want the PSB to correct the current flawed regulations based on accepting . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen
Vermont Public Service Board Sound Rule Workshop ~
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Ambrose, Stephen; Rand, Robert; James, Richard; and Nissenbaum, Michael
Public complaints about wind turbine noise and adverse health impacts justified ~
[Abstract] Significant proportions of IWT facility neighbors complain about turbine noise and sleep disturbances, among other adverse health complaints. We undertook an independent evaluation of several wind turbine projects located in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin to assess if common etiological factors exist. Adverse effects appear to relate to a basket of common factors that were overlooked or not included in preconstruction planning including noise predictions and assessments of likely community reactions. Correcting oversights . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen
Wind Turbine Noise Complaint Predictions Made Easy ~
Part 1 Acousticians have known for decades how to predict the community reaction to a new noise source. Wind turbine consultants have chosen not to predict the community reaction as they have previously done for other community noise sources. If they had, there would be far fewer wind turbine sites with neighbors complaining loudly about excessive noise and adverse health impacts. In 1974, the USEPA published a methodology that can predict the community reaction to a new noise. A simple . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Wind Turbine Harm: Bruce McPherson Study 2014 Epilogue ~
Notus Wind Turbine: HARM REAL – NOT HIDDEN Initiated when operation began. Easily Observed Symptoms: Physical or mental damage or injury. Impairs, hurts, devalues, weakens, etc. Diminished enjoyment for living. Home abandonment and financial loss. Rejection by community members. Question: Is There Public Harm? Answer: Yes … Public Harm Is Real! Where Is Harm Hiding? Wind Shear Wind Speed Ambient Background Power Output 2014 – Harm is … ? Wind Speed – Misleads Ambient Background – Hides Wind Shear – Exacerbates . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Hoosac Wind Turbine Noise Studies ~
Back to the Future II … This is a true story, depicted by Marty and Doc. Their mission: Identify the ignored warnings in the Hoosac wind turbine studies. That opened rifts into an alternate universe, where noisy wind turbines were permitted to invade homes. The wayback clock is set to: OCT 06 2003 … First study: October 6, 2003 Special permit application for Enxco Incorporated, Hoosac Wind Project, Florida/Monroe, Mass. Compiled by: Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc., Dalton, Mass. Florida and . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Falmouth Wind Turbine Noise Studies ~
Presented at the 2nd Falmouth Conference on Human Rights, Oct. 19, 2013. Back to the Future … This is a true story, depicted by Marty and Doc. Their mission: identify the ignored warnings in the Falmouth wind turbine studies. Only then can Marty and Doc correct significant warnings in history that opened rifts into an alternate universe, where noisy wind turbines were permitted to invade homes. The wayback clock is set to: NOV 21 2003 … First study: November 21, 2003 . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; Rand, Robert; and Krogh, Carmen
Falmouth, Massachusetts, wind turbine infrasound and low frequency noise measurements ~
[Abstract] Falmouth, Massachusetts has experienced non-predicted adverse acoustic and health impacts from an industrial wind turbine (IWT) sited close to neighbors. The public response from this quiet rural area has been very vocal for a majority of homeowners living within 3000 feet. Complaints have ranged from the unexpectedly loud with constant fluctuations and the nonaudible pressure fluctuations causing a real loss of public health and well-being. Early research indicates that both the IHC and OHC functions of the ear receive . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; Rand, Robert; and Krogh, Carmen
Wind Turbine Acoustic Investigation: Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise — A Case Study ~
Abstract. Wind turbines produce sound that is capable of disturbing local residents and is reported to cause annoyance, sleep disturbance, and other health-related impacts. An acoustical study was conducted to investigate the presence of infrasonic and low-frequency noise emissions from wind turbines located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA. During the study, the investigating acousticians experienced adverse health effects consistent with those reported by some Falmouth residents. The authors conclude that wind turbine acoustic energy was found to be greater than or . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Connecticut Siting Council Draft Wind Regulations ~
At the request of FairWindCT, Inc., we submit our professional opinions for the review of the proposed Connecticut Siting Council Draft Wind Regulations dated 12 April 2012. … Industrial wind turbine noise has proven to be a source of public complaints for non-urban neighbors living up to a mile away. This is especially true in locations where wind speeds can be calm to light at ground level and strong at the turbine blade heights, and/or wind directions differ from low to . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Bruce McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study ~
Adverse Health Effects Produced By Large Industrial Wind Turbines Confirmed Executive Summary This study was commissioned through a private philanthropic grant created to determine why there were so many strong complaints about the loss of well-being and hardships experienced by people living near large industrial wind turbines operating in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The purpose of this study was to investigate and confirm or deny the presence of infrasonic and low frequency noise emissions (ILFN) from the “WIND 1”, a municipally-owned Vestas . . . Complete article »

Ambrose, Stephen; and Rand, Robert
Wind turbine noise: an independent assessment of sound quality ~
Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand are members of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. In 2009, they became concerned about the negative comments from residents living near wind turbine sites and, the apparent lack of regulatory action to address the potential for adverse health impacts from wind turbine generator noise in Mars Hill. They launched their own evaluation, and came to the following conclusions in a series of guest columns in the Knox County (Maine) Herald Gazette [click here for . . . Complete article »

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