Brown County Health Officer Admits Feeling Ill When Near Duke’s Shirley Wind Turbines
Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy
22 March 2016
Brown County appears to be digging a deeper and deeper hole for itself as more facts come to light surrounding Duke Energy’s Shirley Windpower. After an unusually long almost 3 month delay in satisfying a resident’s open records request, the records ultimately provided expose that former Brown County Health Officer Chua Xiong feels ill when visiting the Shirley Wind facility. In an email to her intern Carolyn Harvey she states:
Despite this admission, approximately one month later Ms. Xiong went on to make her declaration that “Currently there is insufficient scientific evidence-based research to support the relationship between wind turbines and health concerns.” She then went further in saying that this was her “final decision” and that she would only monitor the situation “on an annual basis”.
In this decision she completely ignored the real world health impact of Duke Energy’s wind turbines on Brown County families as evidenced through their sworn affidavits and their documentation of past and continued suffering, not to mention her own repeated migraines when in proximity to Duke’s turbines.
So what has happened between Ms. Xiong’s declaration and the March 18th release of the open records showing that Brown County’s Health Officer Chua Xiong suffers migraines when she is by the Shirley Wind turbines? On March 4th, Ms. Xiong submitted her resignation to County Executive Troy Streckenbach. He did not share this with County department heads until just two days prior to March 18th, Ms. Xiong’s last day. This date also coincides with Executive Streckenbach’s announcement of Brown County Corporation Counsel Juliana Ruenzel’s resignation.
It is high time that Brown County and its Health Director follow the lead of its own Board of Health who unanimously declared Duke’s wind turbines in Glenmore a “Human Health Hazard”.
They need to recognize that residents are sick, homes have been abandoned, that outsiders (even the County’s own Health Director) feel ill while in the project area, and FINALLY do whatever is necessary to protect the health and safety of southern Brown County residents.
Brown County does not need Shirley Wind to become its Flint, Michigan. Until the County does the right thing and takes action, families will continue to suffer, the County’s inaction will escalate their legal liability, and this issue will not go away.
Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy
STT can’t help but rise at the suggestion that there is such a thing as ‘responsible wind energy’. We far prefer the tagline of the North American Platform Against Wind Power (NA-PAW), which does as its name suggests. Here’s its take on the Brown County health scandal.
NA-PAW CALLS BEHAVIOR OF HEALTH OFFICER CHUA XIONG DISGRACEFUL
22 March 2016
Prior to papering her final decision that there were “no links between human health effects and turbines,” Xiong in an FOI refers to needing Tylenol as a preventative for migraines she gets while visiting the Shirley Wind Project, Glenmore, Brown County, WI.
“Carolyn the times I have been out there by the Wind Turbines, l get such migraine headaches. I think I should take some preventative Tylenol before I head out there.”
This, and then following, a mere month later, Ms. Xiong’s assertions and papering of an opinion that there are no ill health effects possible from industrial wind, specifically the Shirley project, where there has been an almost Biblical recording of human suffering.
Ms. Xiong made her astonishing declaration that there is “currently” no scientific based research or evidence to indicate negative health impacts from industrial wind projects. Ms. Xiong completely ignored the sworn affidavits representing over 50 ill residents, recorded over a year, meticulously gathered and coorelated to studies, and also referenced to significant peer reviews; she agreed only to monitor “annually.”
This decision was “final,” she indicated. This “out of reality” decision despite the fact that the Board of Health had admonished that afflicted families should benefit from immediate emergency aid/housing.
It was apparently irrelevant to this officer of health that the families of Brown County prepared sworn affidavits and documented past and continued migraines and ill health, and that the Board of Health’s assessment was that the project was indeed a “public health hazard.”
Ms. Xiong’s categorical oppositional judgement and negation of their obvious turbine impacts, has left residents reeling.
Migraines are commonly accepted symptoms of proximity to industrial wind projects as pointed out by Swedish Otoneurologist, Dr. Hakan Enbom.
The impact of the discovery of the FOI documents related to the behaviour and decisions of Ms. Xiong, some of which implicate incorrect and even possible fraudulent statements in research, and certainly which negate the relatively well known impacts and documentation on ill health world wide, is enormous.
“Why,” said Sherri Lange of NA-PAW, “is this in your face “lie” allowed to stand without scrutiny in law?” “Why would residents have any faith at all in their ability to trust health professionals of this kind?”
Health officers have the responsibility to “optimize” positive health over lifespans, for residents.
From its website: “The Brown County Health Department protects and promotes individual and community health through education, regulation and leadership to empower community members to attain well-being across the lifespan.”
Given the abject failure of this Officer of Health to perform duties, we ask the Legal department of Brown County to examine the Charter, conduct a survey of the conduct of Ms. Xiong and any other related parties in the Health Department, who by their actions and non actions are increasing the depth of suffering of the residents of Brown County.
We request that afflicted residents be compensated until such time as the offending wind project is removed or mitigated to the satisfaction of residents. NA-PAW further calls for a full and open public enquiry into the process and activities followed by Ms. Xiong and her staff.
“The time when officers of health can irresponsibly re-create human health history in their own pro wind bias, possibly under guidance or influence of the industry itself, ignore the impacts recorded in human bodies by the victims themselves, and use bogus literature reviews, and arrogant statements that have no basis in fact whatsoever, are done.
It is time for these custodians of human health to step up and protect, not negate, ignore, and obfuscate.” added Lange, “ Or let them face the legal implications of this behavior. “Let it be further noted,” Lange said, “that aiding and abetting, if there has been this, may be prosecuted and punishable as if the person has directly committed an act.”
Mr. Jim Vanden Boogart, President of Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE), told NA-PAW: “On behalf of BCCRWE I submitted 85% of the many scores of credible documents to Ms. Xiong. I can confidently assure you that her review process, the work product that resulted, and her conclusion are wholly without merit and contrary to the evidence she had at her disposal”.
NA-PAW encourages the complete exposure of all the facets of this neglect of duty by Ms. Xiong, with the benefit of the enquiry. “This story of obfuscation is not new in a Health Department with respect to industrial wind, sadly. It may be, however, the most recently exposed, and one of the most flagrantly arrogant and incompetent examples to date.”
CEO NA-PAW (North American Platform Against Wind Power)