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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick defends report of wind turbines’ effect on health

Facing criticism for a report from the Department of Public Health and Department of Environmental Protection on the health effects of wind turbines, Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday defended his agencies for inviting expert and public opinions and said he respected the study’s findings.

“I’m sure the report is not going to please everyone and I know there are those who oppose any form of wind energy notwithstanding the fact that it’s been a growing source of alternative energy around the world,” Patrick told reporters after a ceremonial bill-signing for transgender rights legislation.

The Wind Turbine Impact Study found no scientific evidence or medical studies to prove that living near a wind turbine has adverse impacts on people’s health, though it acknowledged further study is needed to look at health impacts stemming from “annoyance” for residents who live near turbines.

Several coalitions, including Windwise ~ Massachusetts, called the findings “politically motivated” and called for an immediate epidemiological study.

“Our solution to our energy future is not going to depend on any one alternative,” Patrick said. “It’s going to depend on a mix of alternatives. I think what this report shows is that wind, in the right circumstances, can be an element in that mix.”