The Daily News has my admiration for its front-page article and depth of coverage on the proposed Alabama wind farm meeting at The Alabama Town Hall on March 17 (“Residents offer input on Alabama wind farm plan,” story, March 18). The reporter’s digest was thoughtful. I would like to add the following comments to my suggestion, which you quoted, to gather health-related environmental impact data.
The dramatic increase in decibel exposure for persons living near wind turbines not only raises the noise threshold. It also results in unrelenting vibrations upon things and living organisms. Furthermore, noise, as vibration, creates ongoing movement in the nearby earth, habitations, and in living bodies. Think of it this way. We employ vibration-technology whenever we opt for plug-in devices to rid our homes of rodents. And it works, because specific radio frequencies are harmful to particular animal species. Over time, when subjected to unrelenting frequencies, disabilities and/or illnesses may occur. This happened to me, and was the impetus for my relocation, three years ago, from an ultra wired-saturated environment, in New York City, to a relatively low-tech community in Oakfield.
It seems to me that reflective planning for new alternative forms of clean energy must include interviewing persons in towns who live in close proximity to up-and-running turbine installations. Wouldn’t we want to know: A) What conditions of life, if any, have been affected? B) What changes in the health of people, as well as livestock, have been noticed? C) What recourse, if any, have these persons had if difficulties have arisen? D) And, if ill effects have been experienced, what distance, from human and domestic animal domiciles is considered safe for siting wind turbines and their ancillary industrial support?
I am a trained social scientist. Because of the wide reach of your reading audience, I would like here to offer my help in organizing and gathering health-related information so that an informed and wise decision, relative to proposed wind turbines in Genesee County, can be made. Field studies have already been implemented and I will gladly forward this information to concerned persons. Interested people, especially those in the towns of Alabama and South Alabama, please feel free to get in touch with me.
Sally Ross, Ph.D.
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