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Wind farm report fails to cool capital debate  

Credit:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 24 June 2011 ~~

A Senate Committee report on the impact of wind farms has done little to dampen a heated debate about the health effects of turbines in the Canberra region.

The committee investigated the social and economic impacts of rural wind farms, and found some people living near them have suffered adverse health effects.

The committee received several accounts of people suffering serious symptoms of ill health after wind turbines began operating near their homes.

But it found there was not enough evidence to establish a direct link between the wind farms and poor health.

It recommended the Government commission scientific research into the possible effects of wind farms on human health.

But Booroowa Landscape Guardians Association chairman Charlie Arnott says there is plenty of evidence that the turbines are making people sick.

“I don’t feel safe about wind turbines at all. I’m pleased that they’ve acknowledged there’s an issue and that they are suggesting that studies be carried out,” he said.

“But I’m not reassured by the inquiry’s report that anyone’s any safer with these things. I think it’s acknowledging that there is a big problem.”

Source:  ABC News, www.abc.net.au 24 June 2011

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