The wind science panel has released its findings on the MassDEP website where a brief summary precedes a link to the study itself. As expected, the report denies the existence of Wind Turbine Syndrome, and also disputes the recent findings in the McPherson low frequency noise study. The panel does call for further research. But rather than delay siting until studies are done, it calls for education, incentives, setback guidelines and compensation. “The Panel suggests that the public be engaged through such strategies as education, incentives for community-owned wind developments, compensations to those experiencing documented loss of property values, comprehensive setback guidelines, and public education related to renewable energy” (p. ES-13).
“This whitewash is no surprise” was the response of WWMA steering committee member Eleanor Tillinghast. She went on to say, “We knew from the beginning that DEP’s report would be politically motivated with a predetermined outcome.”
“This panel was not independent, its work was not conducted in public or with any ongoing involvement by the public. Everything was done in secret, so who can take this report seriously?” asked Barry C. Cosgrove, also of Windwise ~ Massachusetts.
WWMA again calls for an epidemiological study of those people living near turbines where adverse health effects are being felt.
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