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Children and turbines  

Credit:  Cadillac News | March 29, 2014 | www.cadillacnews.com ~~

The World Health Organization examined the scientific evidence of the effect of noise on children’s learning and concluded: “… noise exposure was associated with deficits in long-term memory and reading comprehension … reliable evidence indicates the adverse effects of chronic noise exposure on children’s cognition.” http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/136466/e94888.pdf

A recent scientific review notes that “… anecdotal evidence strongly suggests a connection between turbines and a constellation of symptoms, including nausea, vertigo, blurred vision, unsteady movement, and difficulty reading, remembering, and thinking,” http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-a20/

A school superintendent of an Illinois district with a large wind farm testified in 2013 that teachers “have noticed that we have some children in our district that appear to be having some medical issues related to the wind turbines. Headaches, lack of sleep and jaw issues seem to be the most common. The students also complain about not being able to sleep or not getting a full night’s sleep due to sound issues.” https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/students-suffering-from-wind-turbine-noise/

An experienced environmental noise researcher in Portugal related “… the parents received a letter from the teacher of the boy asking why this child was so tired now. He was losing all interest in school, he had no energy for physical education … This is the test that we give to people to see if they have problems with low-frequency noise disease. [It] measures the time your brain takes to respond to a stimulus. Normal is 300 milliseconds. In the 12-year-old child in the wind turbine house, he was having 352 milliseconds – this is a huge difference. … After being away from the house for two months the measurement came closer to normal.” https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/low-frequency-noise-and-health-a-wind-turbine-case-2007-2013/

The only protection from turbine sound is setbacks of at least one mile.

Victoria L. Brehm


Source:  Cadillac News | March 29, 2014 | www.cadillacnews.com

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