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February 5, 2015 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

County should oppose wind farm

Invenergy filed an application in August, with hopes of obtaining a special use permit from Livingston County, allowing it to the convert 58,000 acres of prime farmland into an industrial area. They have affectionately named the proposed rezoning of southeastern Livingston County the Pleasant Ridge Wind Energy Project. However, there have been developments regarding potential wind farms in our county since they applied. The county has opened the existing wind ordinance for review and subsequent update. The agriculture and zoning . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2014 • Letters, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Open letter to President of BMA

Dear Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Although a very short time has elapsed since receipt of the last BMA reply on behalf of Mr. Bourne, it has been spent in serious thought and deep discussion with colleagues. Revisiting all reports and past research has made it possible here to give only a ‘tip of the iceberg/snapshot’ overview of these rapidly burgeoning problems. Please be aware that this final request is therefore made not only on behalf of the rising numbers of people . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2014 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Public Hearing held for 2nd reading of Wind Turbine Ordinance

INDEPENDENCE- On June 2, the first public hearing (first reading) was held for the proposed Wind Turbine Ordinance. Present for the June 2 meeting were Environmental Health/Zoning Director Chad Beatty, assistant county attorney Michael Hudson, Michael Fisher, a private consultant with 7G and Kirk Kraft of RPM Access in West Des Moines who were both on hand to offer suggested changes to the ordinance. At the close of the June 2 hearing, Beatty and Hudson were going to review suggested . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2014 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County adopts amendments; Ordinance now includes extensive restrictions on wind turbines

MANISTIQUE – Despite maintaining for weeks that a slow approach would be taken to the controversial subject of wind development in the county, the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners adopted amendments to the zoning ordinance Thursday. Following a presentation from a MSU Extension educator and a speech from the head of a local utility, commissioners chose to pass amendments to section 102 and 508, which include greater restrictions on any type of wind turbine placement. Brad Neumann, a government and . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2014 • Australia, Denmark, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Highly alarming position paper from a medical association

On the background of my long working life in community and occupational medicine, including environmental medicine and research, weighting the preventive aspects, I am shocked to read your position paper on wind farms and health. The style and language is definitely not based on scientific, medical wording but sounds much more of what we hear from the wind turbine industry and their sales promoting lobbyists. A pure worship to this “modern” technology. Based on technologies, that are in sharp contradiction . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2014 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

AMA dismissal of adverse effects is absurd

I have read the AMA Position Statement on the Health Effects of Wind Farms and I am alarmed. To dismiss any adverse effects is absurd in view of the mounting evidence. Even the wind industry seems to accept that wind farm noise causes annoyance and sleep disturbance and sleep deprivation. The emerging evidence of inadequate sleep as a major risk factor, particularly for Cardiovascular Disease, is overwhelming. If there is any chance of these associations being causal, your Association should . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2014 • Australia, Letters, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Infrasound from wind turbines can trigger migraine and related symptoms

Dear Sir It has come to my knowledge that you have released a position paper about the effects of low frequency noise and infrasound from wind power. I would like to draw your attention to my recently published article about migraine and infrasound in the Swedish Medical Journal “Läkartidningen” which is attached [link]. As you well know, migraine is a polygenetic inherited disease with occasional episodes of headache. It is also well known that people with migraine are more sensitive . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2014 • Australia, Letters, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Intentional bias behind AMA position statement?

Dear Dr. Hambleton, As a rural primary care physician (graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1971) in northern Vermont, USA, I have observed first hand the adverse health effects experienced by individuals living too close to the two large wind projects that have been brought online in the area over the past few years. In my testimony (see attached below) last year before the Vermont Senate Health Care Committee (as well as testimony before the Senate Natural Resources Committee and . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2014 • Australia, Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Letter to AMA (Australia)

I am a practicing physician, member of the Brown County Board of Health and Medical Adviser to the Brown County Health Department and am appalled by the misguided position of the AMA Australia on their position on the effects of ILFN on human health. Over the past four years the Board has studied the deleterious effects of IWT’s on human health. We have the Shirley Wind Farm in out county. It consists of eight 500′ 2.5 megawatt IWT’s. The effects . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2014 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Understanding wind turbine sound

Utility-grade turbines make audible sound (we can hear it) and low-frequency sound (we can’t hear it, but our bodies react). Low-frequency sound is measured with specialized instruments and the results interpreted by experienced audiologists or engineers. Low-frequency sound has been studied for decades by researchers in buildings, airplanes, rock concerts and by the Army. Turbines make many audible sounds: swooshing from air passing over the blades, and thumps or whines from the motor in combination with the blades. The type . . . Complete story »

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