On May 11th, 2012, Australia’s Waubra Foundation demanded (1) that governments worldwide conduct full-frequency-spectrum sound monitoring inside the homes of wind turbine neighbors suffering from Wind Turbine Syndrome. Today, the federations EPAW and NA-PAW, regrouping over 600 associations of wind industry victims from 28 countries, are hereby adding the voices of their members to support this demand, essential in their view for establishing the truth regarding the effects of wind farms on health.
The Waubra document states: “Recent acoustic survey work in the USA (Falmouth) and Australia (NSW) has confirmed that low frequency noise and pulsatile infrasound emitted by wind turbines have been measured inside the homes and workplaces of sick people, and occur when they are experiencing the symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome.” (1)
The Waubra Foundation was founded in 2010, as Australians living in the vicinity of the Waubra wind turbines were increasingly complaining of sleep deprivation, headaches, nausea, impaired concentration, etc. leading to more serious ailments, especially with chronic exposure. “The Australian wind developers and health departments ignored our health warnings”, says the Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Sarah Laurie, “so now we are specifically addressing governments and noise-pollution regulatory authorities worldwide, as the problem is global”.
The document details just some of the evidence and peer reviewed studies which establish the existence of health effects of serious concern from infrasound and low frequency noise. In particular, there is evidence that symptoms identical to “Wind Turbine Syndrome” were known by some acousticians to occur with exposure to low frequency noise – e.g by Professor Geoffrey Leventhall as early as 2003. The link between low frequency noise and chronic stress was thus known by 2003 or earlier, as were the serious health consequences of chronic stress. Mark Duchamp, Executive Director of EPAW, warns that governments can no longer deny the Wind Turbine Syndrome: “they now have to put their money where their mouth is, and finance the measurement of the full-frequency spectrum of sound energy and vibrations both inside and outside affected homes and workplaces.”
Sherri Lange, CEO of NA-PAW, is adamant: “in North America, hundreds of wind turbine neighbors are seriously ill. Because they cannot sell their (unsalable) homes affected by the turbines, they are condemned to live like guinea pigs, suffering all kinds of ailments. This can’t be allowed to continue; full spectrum sound measurements need to be made.”
“It’s a matter of human rights”, concludes Dr Laurie. “Governments are supposed to protect the health of citizens. But at present, they stubbornly deny that people are sick. This is unacceptable. So let’s carry out some measurements. It will cost them less than 0,5% of the billions of taxpayers’ money they give away every year to wind plant developers, and will greatly benefit people’s health.”
(1) – The Waubra document, with all its references, may be found here:
http://epaw.org/events.php?lang=en&article=au1 in downloadable pdf format (also attached herewith)
May 27th, 2012