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Wind Turbine Acoustic Pollution Assessment Requirements

On behalf of the many people around the world, suffering acute and chronic health damage from living near wind turbines, the Waubra Foundation demands that relevant authorities initiate:

The noise monitoring must be performed by accredited acousticians demonstrably independent of the wind industry, approved by the sufferers, and in a manner that will avoid any deliberate manipulation of turbine operation to reduce the acoustic emissions during testing. The results (including all the raw data and associated sound files) must be made available to all parties.

The Rationale for These Demands

Summary

The plight of people made ill by wind turbine acoustic pollution has been universally ignored by their respective governments.

The current noise assessment practices and standards are incompetent and unacceptable, and must be changed to include full spectrum acoustic monitoring inside homes and workplaces as a matter of urgency.

References

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2. McEwen, Bruce, “Protective and Damaging Effects of Stress Mediators” NEJM 1998, 338:171-179

3. Shepherd, Daniel et al, “Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life” Noise & Health, September-October 2011, 13:54,333-9 www.wind-watch.org/documents/evaluating-the-impact-of-wind-turbine-noise-on-health-related-quality-of-life [1]

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5. McMurtry, Professor Robert, “Toward a Case Definition of Adverse Health Effects in the Environs of Industrial Wind Turbines: Facilitating a Clinical Diagnosis” Bulletin of Science Technology and Society 2011 31:316 http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/316 [3]

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9. Leventhall, Benton & Pelmear, May 2003 op cit

10. Leventhall, Benton & Pelmear, May 2003 op cit Section 10

11. Pederson & Waye, “Perception and Annoyance due to wind turbine noise – a dose-response relationship” in J Acoustical Society America 116 (6) 2004 pp 3460-70

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13. Iser, Dr David, personal communication

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15. McMurtry, Professor Robert, “Toward a Case Definition of Adverse Health Effects in the Environs of Industrial Wind Turbines: Facilitating a Clinical Diagnosis” Bulletin of Science Technology and Society 2011 31:316 http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/316 [3]

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17. Laurie, Dr Sarah, Medical Director, Waubra Foundation, Submission to the Australian Federal Senate Inquiry into Rural wind Farms, February 2011, accessible via www.waubrafoundation.com.au [9]

18. Waubra Foundation Submission to the NSW Department of Planning, March 2012, at www.wind-watch.org/documents/response-to-nsw-planning-department-draft-guidelines-for-wind-developments [10]

19. Personal communication, Hubert De Bonneville, see also www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2012/french-writer-going-nuts-from-wind-turbines-france [11]

20. www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/03/09/letter-to-australian-prime-minister-from-dr-sarah-laurie [12]

21. Moller & Pedersen “Low Frequency Noise from Large Turbines” J Acoustical Society America 2011 129:3727–3744 www.wind-watch.org/documents/low-frequency-noise-from-large-wind-turbines-2 [13]

22. Ambrose, Stephen & Rand, Robert “Bruce McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study” 2011 www.wind-watch.org/documents/bruce-mcpherson-infrasound-and-low-frequency-noise-study [14]

23. Cooper, Steven “Review of Draft NSW Guidelines” March 2012 www.wind-watch.org/documents/review-of-nsw-draft-wind-farm-guidelines [15]

The Waubra Foundation
11th May, 2012

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