Wind Farm Shutdown Allows Neighbours to Sleep Comfortably for 1st Time in Years

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As time goes by, the irrefutable evidence mounts that incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound is a hazard to human health; and no evidence is more compelling than the negative effect wind turbine noise and vibration has on the critical need for sleep.

The World Health Organisation has viewed “noise-induced sleep disturbance … as a health problem in itself” for over 60 years – its Night-time Noise Guidelines for Europe – the Executive Summary at XI to XII which covers the point – says:

NOISE, SLEEP AND HEALTH

There is plenty of evidence that sleep is a biological necessity, and disturbed sleep is associated with a number of health problems. Studies of sleep disturbance in children and in shift workers clearly show the adverse effects.

Noise disturbs sleep by a number of direct and indirect pathways. Even at very low levels physiological reactions (increase in heart rate, body movements and arousals) can be reliably measured. Also, it was shown that awakening reactions are relatively rare, occurring at a much higher level than the physiological reactions.

The review of available evidence leads to the following conclusions.

  • Sleep is a biological necessity and disturbed sleep is associated with a number of adverse impacts on health.
  • There is sufficient evidence for biological effects of noise during sleep: increase in heart rate, arousals, sleep stage changes and awakening.
  • There is sufficient evidence that night noise exposure causes self-reported sleep disturbance, increase in medicine use, increase in body movements and (environmental) insomnia.
  • While noise-induced sleep disturbance is viewed as a health problem in itself (environmental insomnia), it also leads to further consequences for health and well-being.
  • There is limited evidence that disturbed sleep causes fatigue, accidents and reduced performance.
  • There is limited evidence that noise at night causes hormone level changes and clinical conditions such as cardiovascular illness, depression and other mental illness. It should be stressed that a plausible biological model is available with sufficient evidence for the elements of the causal chain.

STT tends to think the World Health Organization – after more than 60 years of studying the problem – might just know a thing or two about night-time noise, sleep and health.

Sleep deprivation is the number one health complaint made by wind farm neighbours; and the same complaint is made by the farmers that are paid handsomely to host turbines on their properties, like David Mortimer: David Mortimer, Turbine Host: An “Inconvenient” Wind Industry Fact

And Clive and Trina Gare: SA Farmers Paid $1 Million to Host 19 Turbines Tell Senate they “Would Never Do it Again” due to “Unbearable” Sleep-Destroying Noise

While the wind industry continues (for obvious legal reasons) to deny any connection between their operations and sleep deprivation, the number of sleep disruption complaints – and the fact that their sleep problems resolve when people move away from their homes or turbines are shut down for an extended period – lays bare the wind industry lie.

Here’s an example of the latter scenario, with predictable results for those forced to suffer endless sleepless nights at the hands of a merciless industry.

Critics: Wind farm shutdown eased health issues
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Doug Schneider
16 September 2016

SHIRLEY – Eleven people living near the Shirley Wind Farm say their health improved when the turbines were off for several days this summer.

The people, who live near the site in southern Brown County, have prepared notarized statements saying that sleep problems, headaches, nausea and other symptoms subsided or disappeared for almost four days in late July. They claim the symptoms result from low-frequency sound produced by the windmills.

“I could finally sleep in my own bed,” wrote Pamela Schauer of Glenmore. “I slept less and woke up earlier with more energy … it was as if a great weight was lifted off my shoulders.”

The question now is how much significance the July observations have in the long-running debate about whether the turbines pose a potential health hazard to people in the area. A leader of a citizens’ group says the statements from neighbors are evidence of a connection between the turbines and illnesses. The wind farm’s operator, Duke Energy Renewables of North Carolina, and the county’s former health director are on record as saying there is not scientific proof to link the two.

“Action is needed to protect these adversely affected Brown County residents,” Barbara Vanden Boogart, vice president of the Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy. Her group compiled the testimonials from the 11 area residents, who live at seven addresses.

The group says the county should overturn a December ruling by then Health Director Chua Xiong that found that there is not scientific evidence to link health problems reported by area residents to the wind farms. Xiong has since resigned.

Vanden Boogart’s group has long pushed for Brown County to arrange for independent testing to determine the wind farm’s impact on people who live near one or more of the eight turbines. They want testing that compares impacts from when the turbines are operating versus times they are not. But the county says it can’t force Duke to cooperate with such a study or force the company to turn the turbines off.

Others have said testing would only waste time. Board of Health member Jim Crawford in July tried unsuccessfully to have the board overturn the panel’s 2014 ruling that low-frequency noise from the turbines can endanger health.

Two board members interviewed Friday had differing views of the testimonials from the 11 neighbors. Richard Schadewald of Howard, the group’s representative on the county board, said the information “constitutes another piece in the puzzle” in the county’s efforts to resolve the issue.

“I wouldn’t want to rank it any higher than that,” he said.

But Jay Tibbetts, who chairs the Board of Health, said he believes the statements are an indicator of a connection between turbines and health.

“I can’t speak for the whole board, but I think in the grand scheme of things that this is really significant,” said Tibbetts, a retired physician. “I think it’s as close to causality as we’re going to get right now.”

A board majority has agreed that a study is needed. But they also agree that one won’t happen without funding. The county so far has not agreed to fund such a study, nor has it been able to determine exactly how much a study would cost. Some officials have cited cost concerns and the potential difficulty of finding a business or agency to conduct an adequate test.

The Board of Health next meets in mid-November. Until then, neighbors wait for answers.

“It sure was nice to have the wind turbines off toward the end of July,” wrote Rita Gagnon, who lives on County X near the wind farm. “Since the turbines were turned back on, I have not had a good, well-rested night.”
Green Bay Press-Gazette

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Comments

  1. If I had one of these things next to my place and I couldn’t sleep due to the noise I’d fill it full of bullets from my 303, doubt it would spin for long after that. Also doubt anyone would want to insure them if that started happening!

  2. Reblogged this on Jaffer's blog.

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  4. Crispin Trist says:

    When you have had the ‘neighbour from hell’ imposed upon you, that is to say a wind farm built next door, your world will be turned upside down. Maybe you will be slow to notice the effects at first, but over time you and your family will feel the effects as decribed above by STT. I speak from my own personal experience.

    I have noticed people in our local area in complete denial about the effects. But gradually they are changing. They are showing signs of less energy and can be increasingly short tempered. It can be frustrating to witness. But what do you do when there are people who do not want to know? How do you help those who do not want to be helped? The wind companies have used this situation to their advantage and this is one reason the wind industry has become so big.

    One local who denies there are issues has increasingly been becoming so angry that other family members are having to make excuses for this persons unusual behaviour. This can be a classic giveaway. Whilst others have been coming forward with concerns but will not speak out. Some have already moved to a town 20km away to sleep, but return to work in the effected region close to the wind farm. This appears to help them to a certain extent.

    As for our situation, we have started to spend time away from the effected property to another location at least 15km from a wind farm. When you wake up away from the wind facility the changes are immediately obvious. It can take a day or two though. But your energy returns and the sleep you do get is good deep sleep. You return to some sense of normality. However, the question remains as to what the long term implications of exposure to low frequency sound, both audible and inaudible, has been on our health. And when you return to the effected property, the troubles with big wind return almost immediately. In fact the experience makes you more aware of the industrial environment that you have tried to coexist and live within. The issues with health become clearer.

    A friend recently drew my attention to the website windytv. It may help with planning your times to leave your property during periods of wild weather. One interesting point to note is the difference in wind speeds on the surface layer when compared to those 100m above the ground.

    https://www.windytv.com/?-37.900,145.100,6

  5. Jackie Rovensky says:

    The longer the industry and its supporters block/evade the need for the research the more ingrained these things become.
    What would happen if all the turbines in SA had to be turned off due to adverse health effects on those living/working near by?
    Where would SA gets is supply, especially if the turbines had to be turned off in Victoria and the other State connected to the National Grid as well – even if it were just overnight.
    Allowing more and more to be installed BEFORE full independent research into all aspects of these things ensures we will become so dependent on the meager intermittent energy they produce it will be impossible to stop them with more people becoming contaminated by the emissions from these things. Life and health of rural people is increasingly becoming the cost the Nation will have to bare for the mistaken belief Wind Produced Energy will save it from a promoted imminent disaster.
    Where is the ‘mate ship’ so often presented as the essence of Australians? Where is the fare-go society we constantly hear about?
    Gone, in a fight between city and country, between easy big money and a right to a live in peace, between ideology and reality.

  6. Reblogged this on citizenpoweralliance.

  7. AGL’s monster Macarthur Wind Farm in south-west Victoria has severely impacted the sleep of many, many families for over FOUR YEARS now …..

    My husband and I, along with others, continuously request AGL to TURN THE TURBINES OFF AT NIGHT SO WE CAN GET A DECENT SLEEP IN OUR OWN HOMES.

    However, AGL has not even acknowledged our ongoing requests, let alone taken any action to improve the situation.

    Every night we go to bed in a bed which is vibrating and it feels as if our bodies are being “cooked” in a microwave. It feels as if our entire body is being charged with electricity from our toes, right up through our body….. not a very easy way to attempt to sleep. My heart pounds all night, the headache is there all night, along with severe ear and nose pressure, cramps and neck pain. In the morning we wake up feeling absolutely wretched and feeling as if we’ve hardly slept at all during the night. Sometimes I feel so washed out and exhausted I find myself reaching for the tablets very early at breakfast, to see if I can start the day with any energy at all.

    We are forced to leave our home every week for at least two if not three nights, just to get some sleep and remove our bodies from the disgusting impact of infrasound/low frequency noise and vibration pulsation …. when we’re away, we sleep so soundly and marvel at how bright and alert, full of energy we are when we wake up and bound out of bed in the morning.

    Last Monday afternoon we couldn’t believe our eyes when we drove down our road on our return home from our respite, to find the turbines at the AGL’s Macarthur Wind Farm were ALL TURNED OFF.

    How amazed were we both – particularly as AGL had assured our local Shire that AGL would notify residents if a shutdown were to take place for maintenance….. but, then again, who can trust AGL’s word, with the lies and spin we’ve all been fed for 12 years now by this Australian company.

    Upon enquiry we were told this maintenance shut down is till Monday 17th October when half of the 140 monsters will be turned on again, and the rest hopefully back online by the end of October.

    Five days of absolute blissful sleep we’ve had so far….. we experience such an incredibly deep sleep whenever we go away from home, but it’s been over four years since we’ve had a decent sleep in our own home.

    We feel just like the Brown County residents – we’d forgotten what it was like to sleep comfortably in our own home, as is our COMMON LAW RIGHT.

    Sleep deprivation is indeed a very serious complaint and is proving to be a real menace/hazard to our ability to drive and stay alert whilst driving, with disastrous consequences in our case and that of another adjoining neighbour to the Macarthur Wind Farm recently.

    It’s quite ironic – we’re forced to leave our homes to get some sleep, but whilst driving away from home, we’re placing ourselves in extreme danger, driving whilst drowsy, along our major highway east where prominent Transport Accident Commission signs warn “Fatigue, the Hidden Killer”, and “Drowsy Drivers Die”.

    AGL TURN THE TURBINES OFF AT NIGHT SO WE CAN GET A DECENT NIGHT’S SLEEP IN OUR OWN HOMES.

    STOP the LIES and DECEPTION.

  8. The wind scum bags will not like this post from STT, but up their jumpers.

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