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Wind turbines may have hidden hazards–New Report from UCLA

William Ezell — New London — June 23, 2012

Mr. Ezell is a Fellow in the Acoustic Society of America.

My last letter questioned the wisdom of our financially destitute government granting federal permits to Deepwater Wind Company to build five huge wind farm generators near Block Island for various reasons (“Keep wind farms from Block Island” on June 6).

My concern has been strengthened after receiving the April 2012 copy of Acoustic Today, a publication of The Acoustic Society of America.
It has a timely relevant technical article titled “Wind Turbines….The Effects of Infrasonics on The Human Auditory System,” by Annie Chen and Peter Narins, UCLA specialist in Neuroscience & Ecology & Bio-Acoustics. These specialized trained scientists have concluded that low frequency noises in the 19 Hz range of the intensity typical of windmill generators can have psychosomatic adverse effects on humans, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia and psychosis.

Politically important and well funded greenhouse windmill generators may have limited effective use in America, but first their impact on man and animals, such as birds and bats, should be determined.


From the UCLA website….

Wind Turbines and Ghost Stories: The Effects of Infrasound on the Human Auditory System

Hsuan-hsiu Annie Chen   and Peter Narins, UCLA2,3

Neuroscience Undergraduate Program, 695 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA

Departments of Integrative Biology & Physiology, and

 3 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 621 Charles E. Young Drive S., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606 USA

High levels of infrasound and low frequency sounds generated by wind turbines pose a potentially serious threat to communities near wind farms.

Wind energy companies remain largely dismissive, claiming that wind turbine noise is subaudible, undetectable by humans, and therefore presents minimal risk to human health.

However, various cochlear microphonic, distortion product otoacoustic emission, and fMRI studies have demonstrated the detection of infrasound by the human inner ear and auditory cortex. Additional psychosomatic stress and disorders, including the “wind turbine syndrome” and paranormal experiences, are also linked to infrasound exposures.  2,3   With wind turbines generating substantial levels of infrasound and low frequency sound, modifications and regulations to wind farm engineering plans and geographical placements are necessary to minimize community exposure and potential human health risks.

(To continue reading full acoustic report, click here)

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11 Comments on “Wind turbines may have hidden hazards–New Report from UCLA”

  1. John West June 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    What is it with Ontarians? With the exception of Mike Harris, the most destructive bastards in the world are continually elected to govern you. I left Ontario 35 years ago and will never return because it is an embarrassment to live in such a stupid province. I suggest all right thinking Ontarians do the same. The west needs good skilled workers.

    • Donna Quixote June 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Believe me John, this is not the doing of the majority of Ontarians. We are all held hostage to the whims of the GTA and major unions, like the CAW and teachers. Mike Harris was the only sensible politician we’ve had in this province in the past 25+ years. Ironically, 15 years after he was in power, the lefties are still blaming every problem we encounter on Mike. It’s astounding that people can be so ignorant of the destruction that McGuinty and his goons have done to Ontario that they still stupidly state that he’s the ‘best premier this province has ever had’.
      It truly makes you nauseous when you hear it.

  2. patsplace1 June 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Must be a hideous experience to have these bird and bat killing monsters installed next to you and then you start to lose it from the low frequency noise. Not neat and not efficient either.

  3. Eric Hindson June 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    McGoon, not satisfied with what he’s managed to screw up thus far, is about to oversee the destruction of Manitoulin and the north shore of Lake Superior, in and around Montreal River. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait until those thousands of 400 foot towers go in and ultimately destroy everything around them. And don’t get me started on the financial boondoggle. Like a previous commenter, I left Ontario for Alberta 45 years ago and have only pity for those I left behind.

  4. Denis George Miller June 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    I left 5 years ago and will not return. rural Saskatchewan is great. Homes at 30 thou, property taxes at 300 per year and no wind turbines any where in sight.

  5. Please. June 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    If you call the Spills Action Centre to complain the call/report is passed on to the local Officer.If there are a lot of calls they may send someone out but don’t count on a Site being shutdown there’s just too much money being made..But call SAC just the same 1-800-268-6063.

  6. Less1leg June 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    It appears that Eco-liberal society don’t care nor recognize any form of debate concerning the ill affects of their ” chosen ” Green Energy Program source. In fact a wind farm could irradiate the last living Condors on the planet and neither a PETA person or WWF person could give a rats arse.

  7. 1957chev September 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines and commented:
    Hidden hazards???? Not hidden very well….the victims knew all along!!!

  8. cornwallwindwatch September 8, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  9. gds44 October 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on Gds44's Blog.


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