One of SSE’s wind turbines at Hunterston. There are residents homes at Fairly and Ayrshire less than 1km from the nearest turbine.
Two events for which support by way of attendance would be very welcome and informative:
14th. Sept. 2017. At Holyrood. Hearing for National Scenic Area Petition PEO1655
It is always helpful for signees of the Petition and supporters of the need for more NSAs in Scotland to attend when evidence is given to the Committee. Please try to come if you can. The number to call (a week before the event) for free tickets is 0131 348 5982. These can then be picked up upon your arrival at Holyrood.
22nd. Sept.2017 in Glasgow at the Raddisson Blu hotel. Seminar on Wind Turbine Noise. Link for tickets:
Information received is as follows:
As documented, there are around 3000 wind turbines across Scotland, many of them close to individual homes and villages.
Similar symptoms such as loss of balance, nausea, loss of coordination, a pressure in the ear, thumping in the head or chest, epistaxis (high volume nosebleeds), are reported from some people living in close proximity to these turbines, (also at many wind farms in the UK and elsewhere). Expert evidence is pointing to infrasound emission being the cause, which is very low frequency sound. Turbine infrasound is well below 20Hz and therefore inaudible, but can be perceived through the described symptoms.
It is known that Government guidance does not define a fixed limit to turbine noise levels at local homes; instead, in simplified terms, turbine noise at any home must not raise the noise level thereby more than 5 dB above the background noise measured there without turbines.
The major problem with wind turbine noise is not audible noise; it is the infrasound emissions which often accompany the audible noise that expert evidence has shown to be now causing serious adverse health effects for an increasing number of local residents near an increasing number of wind farms. As yet there are neither standards nor planning guidance relevant to wind turbine infrasound, or indeed any turbine acoustic emissions below 45 Hz. Neither is there any approved guidance on so-called “excessive amplitude modulation” (EAM), which in reality is audible noise combined with a very high level of infrasound.
Government and councils have chosen not to address the problems of the EAM and infrasound content in wind turbine noise, despite the considerable and widespread documented evidence of the harm it can cause.
It is unacceptable that Government, Council Officers and NHS Scotland echo the wind industry mantra that there is “no proven causal link” between wind turbine infrasound and the adverse health effects reported by increasing numbers of wind farm neighbours; the evidence is overwhelming. Responsible local residents of good character have complained many times of the symptoms they suffer when the turbines operate. Their GPs are unable to find any alternative cause of their suffering. There can be no denial of the temporal and spatial links between turbine operation and patients’ symptoms: when turbine operation ceases the symptoms always subside, and when the residents leave the area (which they often do for respite) the symptoms always subside.
The wind industry claims that residents are ‘somewhat annoyed’ by audible turbine noise, and because they dislike wind turbines for various other reasons their annoyance is “enhanced” to the point that they suffer the symptoms they report. In the cases presented in this seminar, it is particularly clear that the symptoms are physiological, not psychological.
The precautionary principle:
As observed, there is current Government guidance on the use of the precautionary principle in matters of public health 5. The first page states (with emphasis):
“The precautionary principle should be invoked when:
there is good reason to believe that harmful effects may occur to human, animal or plant health or to the environment; and the level of scientific uncertainty about the consequences or likelihood of the risk is such that the best available scientific advice cannot assess the risk with sufficient confidence to inform decision-making.”
Dr. John Yelland and Professor Mariana Alves explain all this at A Seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’.