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Wind turbines should be away from residences  

Credit:  Herald & Review | April 25, 2014 | herald-review.com ~~

How many of you would be willing to give up your right to sleep in your home? This is exactly what the wind turbine industry is doing to residents by constructing these turbines too close to homes. The noise is a constant low frequency sound that pulsates with each revolution of the huge blades. People have had to abandon their home because of sleep deprivation.

The EPA has not changed the night time noise regulations since 1993. How many huge wind turbines were operating in rural counties in 1993? People who say there is not noise have not tried to sleep in a home 1600 feet or less from these turbines. I am sure the wind industry doesn’t want a change in the law. They have had it their way by picking off one county at a time. Most of the setbacks from occupied residences have been set at 1200 feet or less.

The World Health Organization has recommended 1.25 mile from the nearest residence. That is 6600 feet, not the measly 1200 feet now used by counties.

Michael S. McCann a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser has conducted an extensive study in Adams County Illinois. His conclusion was that property values drop 25 to 40 percent for property within two miles of the turbines and some that are very close exhibit nearly complete loss of marketability. He recommended a property value guarantee by the developer to homeowners within two miles of the turbines.

Health impacts are well documented by Dr. Nina Peirpont. The World Health Organization and medical professionals from the United States, France, Canada and many other countries report that the noise can be head or “felt” as far as two miles away. Wind turbines should never be built next to homes.

Phillip Hartke


Source:  Herald & Review | April 25, 2014 | herald-review.com

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