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Wind turbine noise a problem  

Credit:  Daily Bulldog, www.dailybulldog.com 23 October 2010 ~~

Some may say that wind turbines don’t make much noise, but it’s what you don’t hear that’s the problem. Wind turbines create a unique noise that vibrates in your ears, even through your body and the longer you’re exposed, the less tolerant you become of it, which is the opposite of other noises.

Many people repeatedly exposed have trouble sleeping, get headaches, feel dizzy, and many other symptoms. Maine’s laws do not protect people from the unique sound wind turbines make. Many of Maine’s officials simply ignore the overwhelming evidence that proves we have a problem. I live in Highland Plantation where Highland Wind, LLC plans to surround my home with industrial size wind turbines, and I am very concerned for my family’s health, especially our children.

I emailed Dr. Dora Mills, leader of Maine’s CDC, and I addressed my concerns. One of her responses was”…in extensive reading I have not found evidence of a disease or specific health problem that is a direct result from the wind turbines appropriately placed.” Perhaps there is no disease documented, but it is only a matter of time before it is. There are many obvious symptoms though, and It takes time for medical professionals to research and document new diseases.

Dr. Dora Mills also wrote “Clearly, the environmental context in which one lives affects their health no matter what the context is: people living in very rural areas can suffer from poor health from not being close to a hospital; people living near a lake can drown from falling into it; people living in a heavily pollinated area can suffer from allergies.”

Building industrial size wind turbines right next to my home is NOT the same as the possibility of drowning or having allergies. I can take steps to protect myself from these things, even move if I feel the need to, but I cannot protect myself from the health effects from wind turbines. I cannot even move to protect myself since no one wants to buy a home that is right in the middle of an industrial wind farm.

The future health of the people of Maine is in great danger, and I feel Dr. Dora Mills needs to lead the way in protecting us just as she does when there is a flu outbreak or other health concerns.

Heidi Emery
Highland Plantation

Source:  Daily Bulldog, www.dailybulldog.com 23 October 2010

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