[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wind power noise standards inadequate, activists claim 

Credit:  Adrian Rollins | Australian Medical Association | 18/02/2014 | ama.com.au ~~

A group campaigning on the health effects of wind turbines has called into question the environmental noise standards applied to wind farms.

The group, Wind Energy Queensland, claims that authorities in South Australia are exposing people to harmful noise levels from wind turbines by giving approval to wind farms using inadequate standards.

Group spokesman Bryan Lyons said that the World Health Organisation recommended a maximum indoor noise level of 30 decibels, but under South Australian guidelines wind farms are allowed to emit noises up to 40 decibels.

He said the guidelines assume being inside a dwelling will reduce outside noise by 10 decibels – double the amount of noise reduction measured in tests conducted in Victoria.

Mr Lyons said Queensland Noise Policy guidelines obviate the issue by setting an indoor noise limit of 30 decibels, in line with WHO recommendations.

He said that, as a result, no wind farms have been developed in Queensland since the guidelines were introduced in 2008.

Mr Lyons said several people who host wind farms on their farms have lodged formal complaints about excessive noise and sleep disturbance.

The possible health effects of wind farms is to be the subject of National Health and Medical Research Council study after Prime Minister Tony Abbott backed an inquiry into the issue.

This is despite almost 20 studies conducted internationally that have failed to find evidence that wind farms harm health, and the results of a NHMRC review conducted in 2010 that concluded “there is currently no published scientific evidence to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects”.

Source:  Adrian Rollins | Australian Medical Association | 18/02/2014 | ama.com.au

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky