Turbines take toll on health of residents


There has been much controversy around the wind turbine project currently underway in the towns of Villenova and Hanover.

Individuals have been expressing concern and advocating for the well being of residence as well as the environment in which these turbines will surround. There appears to be a little knowledge of the objective information available, around the health and environmental impacts research has uncovered about wind turbine noise — infrasound and low-frequency noise.

Please note, turbine studies have not been conducted on turbines as large as those proposed to surround residential homes in the towns of Hanover and Villenova.

This issue is one that so many individuals are passionate about as, one’s health and well-being are incredibly important, especially within their own home. While there are a select handful of individuals that are agreeing to lease their property to obtain monetary compensation in return, many are against this project for good reason.

All individuals, neighbors and landowners alike, are putting themselves at risk for adverse health effects, and decreased quality of life.

One study conducted by Dr. Nina Pierpont of New York found symptoms extreme as tachycardia, memory and concentration problems as well as internal pulsations to be related to what she refers to as “Wind Turbine Syndrome.” Dr. Pierpont identifies the main culprit of the symptoms as effects of continued exposure to infrasound and low-frequency noise.

Additionally, a finding by Rick James and George Kamperman recommended a limit of no more than 35 dBA at any property dwelling. This is 15 dBA lower than what the Ball Hill Wind Project is anticipating the noise level to be.

Correspondingly, studies show bigger is not better. Bigger wind turbines are not more efficient, they just pose as a higher risk for adverse health effects as well as higher risk if a turbine is to fail. (Studies found at nationalwindwatch.org).

These research briefs are just a few examples of objective information available, to provide education on the impacts of large wind turbines on resident’s health. It is unjust as well as a violation to civil and human rights to allow a handful of people to make the decision to negatively impact other people’s quality of life within the vicinity of their own home.

Keep such projects out of residential areas, no matter how “rural” one may consider the area to be. If there are families within the area of a proposed project that do not wish to have the sanctity of their home and wellbeing of their life be impacted negatively, such projects should not progress.

Samantha Davis is a resident of South Dayton.


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