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LETTER: Wind turbines blamed for health issues

6:37 PM, Oct. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Michael Vickerman's Guest Commentary "Wind Power is safe, affordable and good for economy" (Oct. 12) is misleading. In reality, there is no independent peer-reviewed scientific study that indicates that industrial wind turbines (IWT) are safe when sited close - 1,250 feet or less - to people's homes.

Read Rick Jame's peer-reviewed report, "Wind Turbine Infra- and Low Frequency Sound: Warning Signs That Were Not Heard" (Dec. 15, 2011, pp.4-10). In the late 1980s, NASA and Department of Energy engineers studied IWT technology and warned that close siting of IWTs would make some residents sick. Inaudible low frequency noise can be measured at airports, industry and now industrial wind turbine sites due to pressure pulsations produced by giant turning blades.

To date, 80 wind project residents (55 in Brown County and 25 so far in Fond du Lac County) report being sick in their homes. Symptoms include headaches, ear pain, nausea, tinnitus and sleep deprivation. The World Health Organization states seven consecutive sleepless nights can cause higher blood pressure and lowered immunity to disease.

Vickerman said of the Kewaunee County wind project, "the concerns have not materialized."

Read the survey report www.aweo.org/windlincoln.html. We toured a Kewaunee County organic farm a few years ago. I asked if the Lincoln Town wind project had made any town residents sick. The host said yes and his neighbor had many animals in his dairy herd die the first three years prior to large investments to reduce stray voltage on his farm.

A Minnesota resident e-mailed that Excel sent a letter to the MPUC asking for an 11 percent utility rate increase due to "less power than promised (from wind) ... and high maintenance costs."

Accumulating peer-reviewed studies reveal "inconvenient truths" about industrial wind turbines.

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