[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Oregon issues draft report on health impacts of wind energy  

Credit:  By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon, sustainablebusinessoregon.com 11 January 2012 ~~

The Oregon Public Health Division released a draft report this week, disclosing its preliminary findings on the potential health impacts of wind farms in the state.

The agency is seeking public comment and already the report (available for download here) is starting to make waves.

At issue are the potential impacts of wind projects on neighbors, including noise, visual impacts, air pollution, economic effects and community conflict.

Of these, noise has commonly been cited as the biggest potential health risk and received the most attention from the study. Factors such as economic impact and air pollution were deemed by the agency to be affected positively by wind development.

Noise proved a bit more challenging because studies have shown that the swishing noise of turning turbines, which don’t necessarily stop turning after dark, can conceivably result in health impacts. Studies on the long-term health effects of the noise aren’t conclusive, the report notes, but the potential for problems exist.

“The potential impacts from wind turbine sound could range from moderate disturbance to serious annoyance, sleep disturbance and decreased quality of life,” the report concludes.

While there are regulations in place requiring wind developers to take noise levels into consideration when planning wind developments, the public health division recommends more aggressive strategies to reduce potential noise impact.

Advocates for better wind farm noise control will likely embrace the report’s findings, but renewable energy advocates are also cheering the results, which they say debunk many of the myths of the health dangers of wind farms.

John Audley, Renewable Northwest Project’s deputy director, served on the steering committee and applauded the draft report.

“Scientific studies like this one are extremely important and have our organization’s full support,” Audley said in a statement on the RNP website. “Renewable Northwest Project favorably receives the majority of the report draft and takes it as added validation of our mission to advance the responsible development of clean renewable energy in our region.”

The health impact assessment process will collect public comment on the draft report until March 30, 2012. Public information sessions are scheduled in Pendleton on March 20 and in Bend on March 21.

Source:  By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon, sustainablebusinessoregon.com 11 January 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter