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September 23, 2017 • Press releases, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brown County hosts special meeting on wind turbine health effects

Dr. Coussons – Robert Rand – Dr. McCunney – Mark Werner – Presentations and Q & A Shirley Wind (Brown County, WI) has received global attention following the October 14, 2014 declaration by the Brown County Board of Health that Duke Energy’s eight 2.5 MW wind turbines are a human health hazard– a declaration that has not been rescinded. In an ongoing effort to gain further understanding of the issue of wind turbine adverse health effects, a joint meeting of the . . .

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September 20, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Panel recommends giving Duke Energy 90 days to fix Shirley Wind problems, or risk permit

GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .

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September 14, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Does Shirley Wind Farm make some people sick? Depends which expert you ask

SUAMICO – A sound expert said Tuesday the Shirley Wind Farm is making some people who live near it sick. But an occupational-health expert insists it isn’t. Duke Energy Renewables, which owns the eight wind turbines, says it has had no health complaints from its employees who work on and around the site. Dr. Herbert Coussons, a Green Bay physician, says he has treated six area residents for illnesses related to the facility. For more than four hours Tuesday, four . . .

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September 13, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Debate continues over potential health effects of wind turbines

Do wind turbines have an impact on your health? It’s a question, those on both sides of the debate, discussed Tuesday night at Bay Port High School. It’s been a constant discussion in Brown County after people living near the Shirley Wind Farm claim it’s negatively impacted their health. The wind turbines went up in 2010. The meeting was hosted by Brown County’s Human Services Committee and Board of Health. The chairman said the goal of the meeting was to . . .

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September 13, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Experts discuss evidence, or lack thereof, of wind turbines affecting health

WISCONSIN – Four experts shared research on wind turbines and health at Bay Port High School on Tuesday night, as many residents who live in Shirley and Fond du Lac have complained that the wind turbines near their homes are hurting their quality of life. The panel was organized by Richard Schadewald, a Brown County supervisor who also serves as the chair of the Brown County Board of Health. He said he’s impartial to the issue, but understands the residents . . .

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September 12, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brown County Board hears from both sides on Shirley Wind Farm

Brown County residents hoping for a change, after they say turbines from Shirley Wind Farm have caused serious illnesses for their families. The wind farm went up back in 2010, with eight turbines in the Shirley area. Since then, nearby families have said the turbines cause more harm than good. The Enz family of Denmark, even abandoning their home back in 2011, saying it was too dangerous to live in. Action 2 News spoke with other neighbors who decided to . . .

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September 12, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Doctors to discuss Shirley Wind Farm’s health impact in Suamico public meeting

SUAMICO – Experts will discuss wind turbines and their possible effects on human health Tuesday during a public meeting in Suamico. Brown County officials have invited four authorities to discuss issues and answer questions from people who have concerns about potential impact from the turbines at the Shirley Wind Farm. Richard Schadewald, a county supervisor who heads the Board of Health, said the event will feature scientists from multiple sides of the wind issue. Some people, including several living near . . .

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July 23, 2017 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Battle lines widen as plans progress for high-powered transmission line between Madison and Iowa

Battle lines are widening as the prospective paths narrow for a proposed high-powered transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin. Developers of the planned Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line from the Madison area to Iowa have shrunk the two corridors under consideration. Previously mile-wide swaths, the paths have been pared to 300 feet across and are being identified as “preliminary” routes, up for government analysis. American Transmission Co., of Pewaukee; ITC Midwest, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Dairyland Power Cooperative, of La Crosse, . . .

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June 14, 2017 • Iowa, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Wisconsin transmission line splits environmental groups in Midwest

A proposed transmission line that would span from southeast Iowa to Middleton has environmental activists split. Despite being in the planning stages, the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line has emerged as a divisive issue in the region. While the exact route hasn’t been finalized, the line would crisscross the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, with the intent of connecting wind farms in the area to the power grid. Advocates for the project, which would cost an estimated $500 million, say it’s needed . . .

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June 12, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin power line pits green interests against each other

A fight that involves dueling environmental constituencies is brewing over plans for a massive transmission line that would run through the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin. Developers say the estimated $500 million, 125-mile line would help buttress the regional power grid and provide access to lower-priced electricity in Iowa and other states. But like the clamor that has erupted over construction of oil pipelines, transmission lines also engender strong emotions, with opponents often raising environmental objections. In this case, Wisconsin’s . . .

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