GREEN BAY – A new report confirms the presence of wind-turbine sounds in one of three homes where residents claimed they were forced to leave due to health problems caused by the turbines.
The state Public Service Commission partially paid for the study, which was done at the Shirley Wind Farm south of Green Bay. Clean Wisconsin and four independent groups tested audio levels in the three homes, after the residents appeared at a hearing to oppose another project proposed by Highland Wind LLC – a 41 turbine, 2.5mw wind farm in the Town of Forest – in eastern St. Croix County.
Clean Wisconsin scientist Tyson Cook told WLUK TV in Green Bay there were no audible wind-turbine sounds in none of the three homes that were investigated and only the most sensitive equipment picked up audio in the house nearest to a turbine.
Two of the three residents of that house said they suffered nausea and the four independent firms recommended further health studies.
Wind farm opponents say the tests confirmed what they knew all along. State Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere said the state should not approve any more wind energy farms until the results of the new tests are known. Jacque said the study clearly shows a connection between wind turbines and people’s health and he said statements from wind farm advocates have been contradicted by the study’s investigators.
Meanwhile, the PSC expects to act on the St. Croix project in February.
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