Former rural GP Dr Sarah Laurie condemned a report released by the Clean Energy Council last week as lacking integrity for not admitting that some rural Australians are indeed becoming very ill, when they live or work adjacent to wind turbines.
“The major issue for families living in the vicinity of wind turbines is noise for extended periods of time leading to chronic sleep deprivation, which itself is associated with all sorts of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, difficulties concentrating and depression”, said Dr Laurie.
The Clean Energy Council–commissioned SONUS report acknowledged that complaints generally relate to concerns regarding noise and health related impacts.
Dr Laurie is now the Medical Director of the Waubra Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation committed to the independent study of health effects of wind turbines on rural communities.
The foundation is concerned at the absence of any published independent peer-reviewed studies showing wind turbines are actually safe in close proximity to people over the longer term.
There is, however, mounting evidence across the world that these turbines do cause major health problems, identical to those described by Dr Nina Pierpont and Dr Michael Nissenbaum at an international conference in Canada in October attended by Dr Laurie.
“I have now interviewed over 40 people in rural Australia who have been affected by wind turbines, with the same symptoms.
“The reality for some neighbours of wind turbines in Australia is that they become extremely unwell. Some have been forced to leave their family homes, farms and livelihoods as they can no longer work their land. Others are unable to leave, as their main asset is their house and land, which becomes unsaleable”, said Dr Laurie.
The SONUS report states that only a few field studies on noise annoyance among people living close to turbines have been conducted and further investigations have been recommended.
The Waubra Foundation believes there is an urgent need for independent academic acoustic and medical research into this important area before more turbines are constructed close to people’s homes and workplaces.
“We call on the government and the wind industry to commit to funding these independent studies without delay”, concluded Dr Laurie.
Contact Dr Sarah Laurie 08 8636 2051 or 0439 865 914
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