We want to be able to sleep in our homes
Key concerns of SCA
“If there exist threats of serious or irreversible harm to human health or the environment, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent or minimise those threats.”
When releasing the Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region in 2018, the World Health Organisation stated, “More than a nuisance, excessive noise is a health risk – contributing to cardiovascular diseases, for example.” For the first time, wind turbine noise is included in the guidelines.
Adverse Health Effects
Paul D. Schomer and George Hessler are both Professional Engineers and members of the Institute for Noise Control Engineering in the US. Schomer was the Standards Director for the Acoustical Society of America. After reviewing Steven Cooper’s report on wind farm noise at the troubled Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm, they stated:
“There is at least one non-visual, non-audible pathway for wind turbine emissions to reach, enter and affect some people”……“up until now windfarm operators have said there are no known cause and effect relations between wind farm emissions and the response of people living in the vicinity of the windfarm other than those related to visual and/or audible stimuli, and these lead to some flicker which is treated, and “some annoyance with noise.” This study proves that there are other pathways that affect some people, at least 6. The windfarm operator simply cannot say there are no known effects and no known people affected. One person affected is a lot more than none; the existence of just one cause-and-effect pathway is a lot more than none. It only takes one example to prove that a broad assertion is not true, and that is the case here. Windfarms will be in the position where they must say: “We may affect some people.” And regulators charged with protecting the health and welfare of the citizenry will not be able to say they know of no adverse effects. Rather, if they choose to support the windfarm, they will do so knowing that they may not be protecting the health and welfare of all the citizenry.”
|Flinders University – wind farm noise study (2019)||Click here for more info|
|Annoyance and wind turbines – Waubra Foundation||Click here for more info|
|Latrobe Health Advocate – raise your concerns||Click here for more info|
|South Gippsland Shire Council – Bald Hills Wind Farm decision||Click here for more info|
|Doolan, C. 2019. University of NSW. Taller, faster, better, stronger: wind towers are only getting bigger. As turbines grow, so too does the noise they make.||Click here for more info|
|Rand, J. and Hoen, B. 2017. Thirty years of North American wind energy acceptance research: What have we learned? Energy Research & Social Science|
Volume 29, July 2017, Pages 135-148
– The NIMBY explanation for resistance
to wind development is invalid.
– More sampling of those living close to turbines was needed.
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|Shadow flicker effect – 2019||Click here for more info|