Category Archives: Adverse Health Effects

Infrasound Effects

Infrasound is found within our natural environment but it is the emissions generated by sources such as industrial wind turbines that are raising concerns.  There are growing reports of adverse health symptoms from residents whose homes are adjacent to electrical generation complexes powered by the wind.  The following letter points out negative health effects arising from exposure to man- made sources of infrasound were known and studied prior to current day rapid expansion of wind powered installations.

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The Advertiser-Tribune| Letters to the Editor|December 1, 2018

Infrasound effects

I congratulate Seneca County for being selected to participate in one of the largest experiments to determine the effects of infrasound on human organ systems. With large numbers of massive wind turbines planned in this densely populated county, medical effects on internal organs can be analyzed.

The size of the proposed wind turbines ensures the generation of low-frequency infrasound. The proximity of wind turbines to schools guarantees that as children age, internal organ deterioration can be compared to child control groups from similar demographic locations lacking wind turbines. After 10, 20 and 30 years, researchers can evaluate effects on human internal organs from infrasound. This is important, because western scientific research and medical literature has little written concerning short, or long-term infrasound effects on human organs such as lung, heart and kidney.

However, infrasound effects on internal organ tissue have been studied by numerous researchers in the former Soviet Union. They found that infrasound waves cause significant changes to heart tissue and other internal organs.

In the 1990s, European investigators studied internal organs in animal subjects and human workers exposed to infrasound. They found significant changes in lung tissue and heart pericardium. The authors also were concerned with potential damage to internal kidney structures.

In January 2018, German researchers presented results concerning infrasound effect on cardiac tissue contractility. They found cardiac tissue exposed to infrasound decreased tissue contractility by 25 percent.

Seneca County wind farm companies state that wind farm sound levels will only approach 55dbA. That information is misleading concerning infrasound. The“A” designation is a filtration formula including only audible sound between 20Hz and 20,000Hz. Infrasound is defined as occurring between 0-20Hz and is not identified with the dbA formula.

With multitude turbines planned, decibel level determination may be problematic. Overlapping sound wave energies add together, similar to overlapping ripples on water from multiple stones dropped simultaneously. Some waves cancel out. Other waves enlarge. Wind turbine numbers become directly proportional to infrasound wave energy multiplication. Also, infrasound waves are stable, traveling great distances.

For those interested in their own personal research on infrasound effects, information was obtained for this letter from the PubMed website (Key words: infrasound AND heart, or infrasound AND physiological effects) and the Wikipedia website. Soviet research, translated from Cyrillic, was obtained from the archives at The National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Retired Capt. Michael T. Curran,

U.S. Navy,

New Riegel

Lake Erie Groups Rev Up Opposition

Cleveland.com| By Laura Johnston| April 15, 2019

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Lake Erie Shoreline

Lake Erie groups rev up opposition to Cleveland wind turbine project, as developers negotiate with state

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The project has been on the horizon for a decade and a half: six wind turbines erected in Lake Erie, in the first freshwater wind project in North America.

But fervor over the issue is revving up now among boaters, as the developer, the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Co., works through stipulations with the state.

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association — made up of boat dealers, clubs and other enthusiasts — opposes the $126 million, 20.7-megawatt project dubbed Icebreaker, planned for 8 miles north of Cleveland. So does the nonprofit Lake Erie Foundation.

Both LEEDCo. and its opponents point to hundreds of pages of documents they say prove their points.

The fight is not so much over the six turbines up for state approval right now – but for the wind farm it could precipitate: thousands of spinning blades the Lake Erie Foundation fears will desecrate Lake Erie.

LEEDCo. CEO Lorry Wagner says there are “currently no plans” for more turbines. “You can have all the dreams and aspirations you want, but until you climb that first hill and see what’s out there, you better focus on that first hill.”

But Icebreaker is a pilot project, with a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. LEEDCo. has partnered with Norway-based Fred Olsen Renewables, and its website says “we can build an industry and supply chain in Northeast Ohio that will creation 8,000 new good paying jobs and pump nearly $14 billion into our economy by 2030… as the industry grows here.”

An expansion would require more studies and more approvals.

Said foundation board member John Lipaj: “You cannot treat this as a six-turbine stand-alone project. We have to be realistic and treat it for what it is.”……

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No wind turbines on Great Lakes

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Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

Boating Industry|April 9, 2019

MBIA urges boaters to voice their opposition to wind turbines in the Great Lakes

The Michigan Boating Industries Association, along with environmental groups, boating associations, and property owners are urging boaters to raise their voice in opposition of the proposed Icebreaker wind power turbines in Lake Erie.

Nicki Polan, executive director of MBIA says: “MBIA is not opposed to alternative sources of energy. But, regarding wind farms in our Great Lakes, we find far too many unanswered questions and documented risks to the health and aesthetics of these unique and often times fragile bodies of water. We stand opposed to plans such as the one being considered in Ohio now and we encourage all boaters and boating businesses to join us in communicating this to Ohio.”

Michigan borders on four of the five Great Lakes including a large portion of Lake Erie. Many Michigan residents’ boat on Lake Erie, and many Michigan businesses and citizens live and work along its shores.

Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water, and 20% of that is coming from the Great Lakes.

“Building wind turbines in Lake Erie will threaten clean water, boating access, one of the world’s best perch and walleye fisheries, bird migration, the safety and health of coastal residents, and so much more,” said Polan.

The initial goal of the Icebreaker plan is to place 6 wind turbines, with a final goal of 1,200 wind turbines in Lake Erie, costing an estimated $24 billion.

“Wind power has proved to be very high cost with low return,” said MBIA Board Member Jim Coburn of Coburn & Associated in Macomb, Mich. “Many wind turbine projects in the U.S. and overseas have been abandoned because of this. Why this is even being considered in our Great Lakes is beyond me.”

The case against turbines is extensive, including the fact that exploding and burning turbines can be commonplace. Each turbine contains over 400 gallons of industrial lubricants in their gearboxes.Gearbox seals are known to fail and will leak oil into the waters below. But when they burn there is no way to reach and extinguish them. As the 300-foot turbine blades burn, they create toxic emissions polluting the air and waters below.

Source: Boating Industry

Why have people vacated their homes?

I often get this question: “Why have people vacated their homes, or are feeling sick, around windmills in Brown County”. This is not a unique scenario. Very large industrial-scale wind turbines placed irresponsibly close to families’ home have similar impacts worldwide. The impacts do not discriminate between young or old, rich or poor. Some people are more susceptible to the negative impacts (one consistent correlation is people who are sensitive to motion sickness).

This German video does a pretty good job describing the issue. Please note that the turbines in this video are MUCH smaller and less impactful than the 8 Duke Energy wind turbines in Glenmore that were unanimously declared a Human Health Hazard by the Brown County Government Board of Health.

Duke’s turbines in Brown County are among the largest in the country placed among the closest to homes. They are 493 feet tall and have 2.5 Megawatt generators (One megawatt = 1,000 kilowatts = 1,000,000 watts). You will also note that the turbines in this German video are over 700 meters (over 2,100 feet) from homes – the turbines in Glenmore are as close as 1,100 feet from homes.

Wisconsin Public Service (owned by We Energies) purchases the power from this project and it is regulated by the Town of Glenmore who apparently refuses to enforce the clear and protective language in their own ordinance and conditional use permit. Families are living away from the homes they still own; residents who can not move away have submitted affidavits attesting to the fact that they continue to feel severely ill when around the spinning turbines; and little is being done to bring any relief.

It breaks my heart to hear callous comments from well intentioned people that have not experienced the impacts in these homes first hand or even taken the time to talk with the impacted residents. The question I ask these people who don’t understand is why would people make this up. People do not leave the homes they still own and maintain for no reason. They do not want to sleep and do homework in their basements because it is the only place in their homes where they can get a little relief. They do not enjoy coming forward only to be the subject of ridicule and voluntarily devaluing their homes. The symptoms our neighbors express are shared world wide.

Even those profiting from renting land to wind developers have sued them because of claims of the unlivable conditions around the turbines. This is a social justice issue – Shirley Wind in Glenmore is arguably one of the most studied wind farms in the country and ample evidence is known on the conditions around these particular turbines. If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call or write me – I can direct you to those that can provide the answers and have first hand experience. Hope some of this information is of value.

Thank you for reading this long post.

Steve Deslaurie, Brown County Supervisor
April 5, 2019

Source: Community for Steve Deslaurie,

 

Charter Challenge Against Green Energy Act

The Green Energy Act is far from being repealed in Ontario.  The Charter Challenge led by CCSAGE continues on with the recent filing of a Notice of Application to proceed filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Read Notice of Application here:

Source:
Notice of Application required to continue the Charter Challenge to the Green Energy Act by Alan Whiteley

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Experience of a Lifetime

You are invited to live the life of an experience you will always remember.

You are invited to bring your family, your grandchildren (young children) and your pets to spend an all expense paid week (bring your computers to enable you to continue to work) in the “green” area of industrial wind turbine business contracts.

Experience first hand shadow flicker, low frequency vibration, infrasound, children covering their ears because the noise hurts, computers that work but only when not impacted by turbine activity.  Sleeping in the basement is optional.

Enjoy the night sky.  Red blinking lights that penetrate your lodging, the backyard and the skies for tens of kilometres in the distance (because turbines are sooooo tall you can see them very very far) is one of the most unnatural scenes at night in rural Ontario.  As a preview please watch  the video to see the view from the USA over Lake Erie to Ontario.  The night sky daily looks like a runway, but it is the shoreline littered with turbines.  I hope you enjoy the view.

News 5 Cleveland published on Apr 19, 2017

Taste sediment-filled water which has been approved for consumption and usage.  Clean potable water can be purchased for a costly amount.

Experience what so many people in rural Ontario are forced to live with daily.

Experience what will happen to the people of North Stormont when you choose to approve the Nation Rise Wind project knowing the outcome.

Please note you will not be allowed to leave the premises to sleep in your vehicle should the vibrations become unbearable.

You are encouraged to purchase your lodging at a fire-sale price as property values in industrial wind turbine areas are greatly reduced.

We, the impacted people, hope you will enjoy your stay and the experience of what we live with daily.  We look forward to your offers of purchase.

Please advise me of dates available before June 1, 2019 and I will make your arrangements.

Following June 1, 2019 there will be a one year waiting period for the construction of the Nation Rise Wind project IF allowed to proceed.  Accommodations will be equitable to those presently offered.

Ruby Mekker
Ontario

Cows are dying & humans are sick since Nozay wind opened

Since the opening of the Nozay wind farm, cows are dying and humans are sick

25 mars 2019 / Thibault Dumas (Mediacités)

(Original article in French)

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Nozay, Northern France

Animals dying, sick men, two farmers on the verge of financial asphyxiation … Since the installation of a wind farm in 2012 in Nozay, between Nantes and Rennes, state services are clueless in the face of effects secondary as alarming as unexplained. A situation that preoccupies the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

  • Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), report

In a steady whirring, the blades of wind turbines crack the air, a hundred meters overhanging pastures. The west wind blows and the sky comes alive on this winter Wednesday, around Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), along the N137, which connects Nantes to Rennes. At the foot of eight turbines running at full speed, prefectural orders pile up, nailed to wooden posts. ”   It’s sure our story is a crazy story   ,” sighs, looking right into the eyes, a local farmer. On the side of the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique, it concedes, through the voice of its secretary general, Serge Boulanger, ”   [ we ] are in front of an atypical situation, for which we must find explanations   .

This ”   crazy story    today affects dozens of inhabitants of four neighboring municipalities (Nozay, Abbaretz, Puceul, Saffré) and strikes two farms mainly  [ 1 ] , installed around wind turbines. ”   We are going to burst in every sense of the term, financially or at the level of our health   “, alarmed the farmer Céline Bouvet, 44 years old, as determined as exhausted by five years of a Kafkaesque fight led to his side. counterpart Didier Potiron, 50 years old. Neither is described as ”  anti-wind   . They even declined all the offers of service of collective opponents.

”   The chronological coincidence with the construction work and then the start-up of the wind turbine is disturbing enough to justify further investigations  

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French farmers say their cattle are dying from electricity generated by wind turbines, solar panels

The Blaze Toledo|March 27, 2918

 

 

NextEra Facing Potential Class Action

nextera xNextEra Energy is on the receiving end of a proposed class action lawsuit in which a Nebraska homeowner alleges the electricity provider’s wind turbines placed near residential communities are a “nuisance” and effectively deprive homeowners of the use and enjoyment of their property.

READ MORE AT: ClassAction.org

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Whole Wind Turbine Industry So Twisted

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Dear Ruby,

This whole wind turbine industry is so twisted. The Powers That Be seem to take a wait and see  approach but for the victims time is of the essence. When Bruce Pardy stated that our provincial leaders through enactment of legislature can have these contracts cancelled I wonder WHY this is not being done? When humans are being harmed and the environment is being damaged ( sometimes beyond repair ) should that in itself not be sufficient? What more is needed? A terrible wrong was committed when the Precautionary Principle was no longer enforced.

These folks in Chautauqua with wind projects in the horizon are at the point where we were in 2011 with the exception of their Health Board being more cautious and concerned. The one member had commented that there was a lack of scientific  evidence to prove that infrasound was harmful to people.  Not so !!!!!

I will contact Tom Erlandson who is president of the Health Board in the Chautauqua area and provide him with the link to the Mariana Elves Pereiera seminar in Solvenia. In Ms. Pereiera’s presentation she states that biopsy results from persons exposed to  infrasound show a thickening of the pericardium  ( the outer lining of the heart ) a condition which is irreversible and results in death. This should be seriously concerning to all  government  members and agencies that have turbines within  their jurisdictions.

Chautauqua area residents and health officials need to be aware of the risk of permanent destruction  to their underground water resources as well. Maybe these people can be spared the horrible financial, environmental and health consequences that we are experiencing daily here in Ontario.

Ruby you have worked so tirelessly on behalf of your community. I pray that it will result in the cancellation of the Nation Rise project. This needs to happen urgently. All of these people who are able to make this happen will be held accountable for not doing  the just thing. They have been provided with the scientific evidence and have no excuse for not protecting us instead of the Wind Industry. How can the province of Ontario be called great when this travesty exists?

 You ask how I am doing? I struggle day to day.  My energy levels are at a minimum. The tinnitus is constant and the head pressure and dizziness affects my vision.  My heart beats out of rhythm and flutters sometimes with pain and I recall the thickening of  the pericardium  so how can I not be concerned about my health? I am encircled by  twenty five turbines within a five mile radius.  For safety reasons Ms Pereiera would not live within 20 KM of a turbine. The turbines were not operational for 2 days and the dizziness had abated somewhat but now they are back on.

My water seems to be clear with the costly installation of the Silt Blaster which requires constant rock salts. Bathing in so much salt water irritates my skin. My drilled well water has not been restored to it’s original state.

I have been sleeping in my unfinished basement for five months. When I am able to fall asleep I am awakened by the noisy furnace start up. Premier Ford mentioned that his mom had Hallway Hospital Care and he found that unacceptable. It makes me wonder how he would feel if his mom were sleeping in the basement to try and remove herself from the infrasound that is assaulting  every single cell and organ in her body. WE ARE BEING HARMED 24/7

I may have to get a mortgage and purchase another property and move away for the sake of my health. My life has become so stressful.

Thank you for asking about me.

Signed,

Adversely impacted resident since Niagara Wind was built.

 

 

Wind Turbine Incident/Complaint Reports in Ontario

Wind Turbine Incident/Complaint Reports in Ontario, Canada: A Review—Why Are They Important?

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1105200, PP. 1-12

Subject Areas: Civil Engineering, Law

Keywords: Industrial Wind Turbines, Windmills, Incident Reports and Complaints, Public Health Surveillance

Abstract

Background: The introduction of industrial wind turbines into quiet rural en-vironments in Ontario, Canada has resulted in complaints about environmental noise and adverse health effects. Ontario has a process whereby residents can report noise to government. Official government records of Incident Reports/Complaints submitted by residents living near operating wind turbine installations were obtained through a Freedom of Information request. This article presents an evaluation of this process while commenting on the significance of Incident Reports/Complaints. Methods: Government records of Incident Reports/Complaints were analysed. Peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, judicial proceedings, government resources, and other sources were evaluated and considered in context with the topic under discussion. Objectives: The purpose of this article is to present the role and significance of Incident Reports/Complaints and discuss the value of these when assessing outcomes related to the introduction of wind turbines into a quiet rural environment. Results: Government records document 4574 Incident Reports/Complaints received by Ontario’s hotline (2006- 2016). There was no ministry response to over 50% of more than 3000 submitted formal complaints (2006-2014). Another 30% were noted as “deferred” response. Only 1% of the reports received a priority response. Provincial Officers noted in summary reports that people were reporting health effects such as: headache, sleep deprivation, annoyance, and ringing or pressure sensation in the head and ears. Health effects were reported many times including those occurring among children. Discussion: In the case of wind power installations, Incident Reports/Complaints are an important source of information for evaluating outcomes of introducing a new noise source into a quiet rural environment and are a form of public health surveillance. These reports can highlight risks to a healthy community living environment, act as an early warning system, and aid in evaluation of government policy initiatives. They may also be used before legal tribunals in public or private actions.

Cite this paper

Krogh, C. M. , Wilson, E. J. and Harrington, M. E. (2019). Wind Turbine Incident/Complaint Reports in Ontario, Canada: A Review—Why Are They Important?. Open Access Library Journal, 6, e5200. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1105200.

Published in OALib Journal