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Legislation to study health impacts of wind turbines  

Credit:  Wind Wise Massachusetts Press Release | July 24, 2015 | windwisema.org ~~

BOSTON – Legislation designed to study the health impact of wind turbines will be presented at the State House on Tuesday (July 28, 2015).

Citizens concerned about the health impacts of wind turbines and those experiencing adverse health impacts who live near wind turbines are expected to testify before the Joint Committee on Public Health at the public hearing. The bill is H2032: Resolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the commonwealth. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, July 28th at 1:00 pm in Room B2 of the State House in Boston.

“There are hundreds of families throughout the state in over 21 wind turbine locations that we know of who are suffering physically and financially from wind turbines located too close to their homes,” said Lilli-Ann Green, a spokesperson for Wind Wise Massachusetts.

Bill H.2032 filed by Representative Sarah Peake is modeled after the very successful Lyme Commission bill. “There are many similarities between the history of our understanding of Lyme Disease and the health impacts of wind turbines. In the early days of Lyme Disease, many health care professionals told people who reported adverse symptoms, that ‘it was all in their heads’ and recommended psychiatric help because there was little information about Lyme Disease. This is the same situation that is faced by many people who live in the proximity of wind turbines,” Green stated.

Today we understand a great deal about the very real symptoms and treatment of Lyme Disease. The Lyme Disease Commission was able to create literature to help educate health care professionals as well as the public about the disease.

Green further stated, “A commission to study the health impacts of wind turbines could make great advances. Since the spring of 2010 when the people in Falmouth, my Cape Cod community, started to experience health problems, I and others started to call for an honest, reliable, peer-reviewed scientific study of the people who are living in the proximity of wind turbines and experiencing health problems they did not have prior to the construction of the wind turbines. To date this has not happened. People who have filed numerous health complaints are still suffering, some even more than five years after their first complaint because the root of their problems has not been addressed. If this was any other health hazard, the source of the problem would have been shut down long ago. It is extremely important that the health, safety and well being of the citizens in MA are first and foremost.” Efforts to combat climate disruption should not harm human health or the very environment we are trying to protect.

Green said, “people living in the proximity of wind turbines have complained of chronic sleep deprivation, headaches, ear pressure and ear pain, high blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, depression and other symptoms in MA communities, throughout the U.S. and world-wide.”

She further said “there are no population studies or even small case control studies which have been performed in the vicinity of large operating wind turbines that indicate that there are no adverse health effects for any of the nearby residents from these wind turbines.”

If passed, this bill also calls for the creation and implementation of educational materials and training resources for health care professionals and others about the impacts of wind turbines as well as statewide surveillance and clinical screening for symptoms related to health impacts from wind turbines in high risk regions and at risk populations such as school aged children and the elderly. The bill also calls for educating the medical community about research on all aspects of adverse health impacts of wind turbines, both acute and chronic.

Wind Wise-Massachusetts is a statewide alliance of environmentally active grassroots organizations and individuals who are concerned about the negative health, environmental, and economic impacts of poorly-sited wind turbines. The organization has supporters in more than 200 Massachusetts cities and towns.


For further information please contact: Lilli-Ann Green lgreen@windwisema.org

Source:  Wind Wise Massachusetts Press Release | July 24, 2015 | windwisema.org

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