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Windfarm study call  

Credit:  Selby Times | www.selbytimes.co.uk 29 July 2012 ~~

MP, Andrew Percy, is demanding a Government study into the effects of wind farms on people living near them.

The call comes after the Canadian Government announced it was going to spend $1.8 million conducting a study of a possible connection between noise generated by the towering turbines and adverse health effects reported by people living close to them.

The study, into the effects of low frequency noise emitted by the turbines, is being conducted by Health Canada and will be led by 25 experts in acoustics, health assessment and medicine. It will include 2,000 homes living close to wind farms.

Mr Percy has written to Ministers to ask them to consider working with the Canadian Government to produce a joint study.

“Many people living close to these giant wind farms report health impacts including depression, sleep disturbance and behaviour changes,” he said.

“It is important we have a proper study of these impacts. I live opposite a wind farm in Airmyn and whilst it hasn’t affected me, other people do report disturbances.

“I have long believed that we need to set strict limits on how close these farms can be built to properties and last year sponsored a Bill in Parliament to set minimum distances. For the past two years I have also been demanding a cut in the subsidy for on-shore wind.

“Given that the Canadian Government is listening to the concerns of residents living near to wind farms, it seems sensible to me that we should approach Health Canada to make this a joint study.”

Source:  Selby Times | www.selbytimes.co.uk 29 July 2012

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