We want to be able to sleep in our homes
Key concerns of SCA
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.”