Category Archives: Adverse Health Effects

Health Hazard Exists

Presentation to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Board of Directors’ public meeting on August 18, 2022 by Ruby Mekker and Tammy McRae.

Fighting against reported adverse impacts from wind facilities.

Nation Rise Wind, North Stormont, Ontario, Canada

Testimony of Harm to Health 2022

Next Era Wind project Dekalb County Missouri

Attached is our testimony of how we live with turbines 1700-1800 ft out our back door in Dekalb County Missouri.

Please feel free to share or read in meetings etc.

My husband and I live in Dekalb County Missouri, about 27 miles east of St. Joe. We built this home in 1998. One of our farms is where my husband was born and raised. He has lived in this county his entire life.

Nextera put a wind complex of 97 500 ft. industrial wind turbines in our county in 2016. They went online in December of 2016. Our lives have not been the same since.

Don’t we, as landowners have a right to live and enjoy our property without our rights being infringed upon by what neighbors have done with their property?

Our neighbor has a turbine approx. 1800 ft. from our home. Most of the time the turbines sound like a helicopter that won’t land. We not only hear the one close to our home but the 12 to 15 within 2 miles of our home.

I had not had a migraine for around 18 years prior to the turbines. When the turbines first went online, I started having headaches, I sometimes could tolerate them by taking Advil. The longer they turned the worse and more frequent the headaches got, to now I have a headache every day. Most weeks I am completely down 2 to 4 days with migraines. My ears feel as if I’m flying on a plane every day. The infra sound affects me some. When I try to sleep my insides will quiver until it’s almost unbearable. I have heart palpitations.

We neither one get much sleep. I might go to sleep, if I’m lucky, for an hour then I wake up. I’ll go back to sleep and wake up hearing the turbines or my heart racing, looking at the clock and I’ve only been asleep for 15 or 20 minutes. It’s like this every night all night long. My heart doctor told me in December 2018 that we really needed to move away from the turbines. A person can only function so long without the proper amount of sleep. I have to travel away from our home for a week or more to get any relief from the headaches and to get some peaceful sleep and have my ears feel normal again. We shouldn’t have to live like this! No one should have to live like this. It is criminal and inhumane for the wind companies to expect people to live like this. What bothers one person may not bother the next. Some people are much more sensitive to noise, different types of sounds and the strobe like flicker.

We should be able to sit on our front porch without the noise of the turbines. I can’t stand to have the windows open on a nice day because of that awful noise.

Shadow flicker is another thing. It can make you dizzy and nauseous. I try not to go to our nearby town when I know the shadow flicker is across the highway where I have to drive.

In the winter Billy and our employees shouldn’t have to worry about the ice throws from the turbines close to where they are working. No, the chunks of ice don’t always fall straight down like the wind companies tell you.

The wind companies will come in and tell you they will shut the turbines down during stormy weather or in the winter during snow or ice storms. They have never shut the ones down in our county for any of those things. In the spring of 2017 Dekalb county was in a tornado warning, however a lot of people had no idea because they no longer had antenna TV reception because of the turbines.

The flickering red lights is another thing. We feel like we live on a landing strip. It’s horrible.

If wind turbines are so great why are there so many people around the world fighting them and moving from their homes because of health issues?

Since I originally wrote this my health has only gotten worse.

Two years ago, we went to two different meetings in Kansas to tell our story. Of course, Nextera told the attorneys and board members they didn’t believe our story. We know how we have been forced to live. We don’t care if they believe us or not.

I recently went to a neurologist. When the nurse was checking me in and asking all the questions, I told her we lived and had turbines out our back door as close as 1700-1800 feet. She said “believe me we see several patients that have trouble living near the turbines.” The neurologist didn’t have anything good to say about the turbines. He said the only thing to do is to move.

We have now built a small apartment for me to escape to at my sisters (200 miles from our home). I have been in my apartment for over a year now. I will stay there for 3 weeks then come back to our house. I will stay anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks then leave again for my apartment. It takes me 5 ½ days or so to get over the headache, sleep and my ears kind of back to normal. This is a HELL of a way to be forced to live our “golden years” this way because of people being so GREEDY!

Sherrie Sonderegger

UPDATED: 08/17/2022

Story from Dekalb County Missouri|July 19, 2019|Written by: ‎Sherrie Sonderegger‎

No recourse: Ontario’s green energy dream has turned into a nightmare

No recourse: Ontario’s green energy dream has turned into a nightmare|Ottawa Life Magazine, July 28, 2022|By: Mckenzie Donovan

Nation Rise wind project community open house pre-construction

“Wind farms are more than just an eye sore. Turbines also produce light pollution at night, as they are required to have bright lights to warn off aircraft. They taint the countryside with irritating noise and are causing or amplifying health problems such as insomnia and more severe issues, including hearing impairment and cardiovascular issues. In 2018, the European Environment Agency, based on information provided by the World Health Organization,stated that noise disturbance causes these health issues.”

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No recourse: Ontario’s green energy dream has turned into a nightmare

When the fiction of green energy met with the facts it led to misery for a North Stormont, Ontario family.

Wind Turbine Noise Impacts Ordinary Persons

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA AT MELBOURNE
COMMON LAW DIVISION
MAJOR TORTS LIST
No. S ECI 2020 00471

B E T W E E N

NOEL UREN and another
Plaintiffs
-and-

BALD HILLS WIND FARM PTY LTD
Defendant


Filed on: 08/10/2021

3. John Zakula is now in his seventh year of enduring the nuisance. The noise is so bad for him that he has bricked in his bedroom window and takes to sleeping in his car when he just cannot endure another night of sleeplessness. Mr Zakula — a qualified engineer — has meticulously logged the noise disturbances from the wind turbines year after year. But no matter how many letters he sent reporting the noise and deaf to the messages Mr Zakula left on the Defendant’s phone hotline complaining of the noise, the Defendant has not curtailed a single turbine in response to Mr Zakula’s particular complaints. Nor has it repaired the faulty gearboxes which affected its turbines, despite knowing of tonality defects for years and years.

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10. …..First, there is evidence that nineteen neighbours were affected in a similar fashion to the Plaintiffs2 (Contrary to the Defendant’s Submissions,3 Mr Soler was one of the persons whose ability to sleep was affected.) Seven of those neighbours gave evidence in the proceeding. They presented as witnesses of ordinary fortitude. It was not put to them that they were hypersensitive. Save in the case of Mr Jelbart 4 it was not even put to them that their opposition to the wind farm might have affected their perception of the noise. On the balance of probabilities, it should be accepted that the seven neighbours’ evidence illustrated the effect of the wind farm noise on ordinary people. It is clear from the Plaintiffs’ lay witnesses and the complaints in the Defendants’ records that the Defendant’s turbines tend to be so noisy that they annoy neighbours during the day and frequently wake them up at night, particularly in cooler weather.

(Extracts and bold for emphasis)

Bald Hills Wind Farm neighbours win historic legal battle against turbines ‘too close to homes’|19 Aug 2020

Plaintiffs’ Closing Submission:

Blown Away: The People vs Wind Power

Esther Wrightman’s testimony and her tears will rip your heart out.

Wind Warriors rise from ongoing trauma due to the siting and operations of industrial wind complexes. We are still here and remain engaged in the fight of our lives.

(Video has been blocked over allegations of use of copyright material without consent)

proposed wind energy facilities ordinance

   Notice for Town of Lincoln Residents (Wisconsin, USA)

A Temporary Moratorium on Development of Wind Energy Systems in the Town of Lincoln has been adopted and is in effect as of May 10, 2021. 

An ordinance summary can viewed under the Postings tab. 

The full ordinance can be viewed under the Ordinances tab.

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Shortsighted planning has often resulted in the creation of problem industries that adversely affect public health and quality of life, compromise aesthetics, and degrado community character. Industrial WEFs are not exempt from those problems, and careful siting and protections are of paramount importance, This local Law will contribute to this effort

Town of Lincoln Wind Energy Facility Licensing Ordinance, section 2-2

A WEF may be a significant source of noise and vibration for the community. These can have negative health impacts on nearby residents, particularly in quiet rural areas. These can also negatively affect the quiet enjoyment of the area, properties, and quality of life of residents. According to various medical experts and the World Health Organization, the infrasound component of such noise can be the most problematic

Town of Lincoln Wind Energy Facility Licensing Ordinance, section 2-17

Wind Turbines Can Harm HumANs

Carmen Krogh gave a recent presentation on new research exploring why people living within 10 km of an industrial wind turbine facility contemplate/vacate their homes.

Hosted by WECC (Wildlife Energy Community Coalition) on April 29, 2021 via a virtual portal. A recording of the meeting is to be posted on their website.

(Slide 18 is revised to clarify the 5 Elements and their relationship to the analysed data and slide 26 provides a reference for slide 25.)

How Wind Turbines Can Harm Human Health

Industrial wind turbine being erected in Haldimand County , 2014 Summerhaven Wind

Carmen Krogh is a published independent researcher. She will be speaking on new research which explores why some people contemplate or vacate homes that are near industrial wind turbine facilities.

Presentation: “Wind Turbines can Harm Humans: Exploring why some contemplate to vacate/abandon their homes.

Carmen Krogh

Presenter: Carmen Krogh (carmen.krogh@gmail.com)

Date & Time: April 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual (details below)

Recent publication: Grounded Theory as an Analytical Tool to Explore Housing Decisions Related to Living in the Vicinity of Industrial Wind Turbines; March 2021

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Wind Turbine Noise Complaints

Complaint process for wind turbine noise inherited by the Ford government not effective

April 12, 2021

Wind Concerns Ontario has just released its latest report on how the Ontario government has responded to citizen complaints about excessive wind turbine noise from grid-scale wind power projects.

Warning: the contents of this report can make for difficult reading.

The excerpts of comments from people calling into the 24/7 Spills Action Centre telephone line, or sending emails to their local District Office of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks are an alarming demonstration of the desperation felt by families forced with the wind turbine noise—some of them, for many years.

“We ache all over and can hardly function we are so tired. Please tell us what to do. Please respond.”

“Noise described as a ‘whooing’ sound, both heard and felt.”

“This continues to be horrendous.”

“Caller reports a pulsing roar.”

“This is the 65th time they have called.”

“We can’t go on like this.”

Polluted acoustic environment

One complaint documented was from a technician hired to do monitoring of bat populations near Bow Lake, who questioned whether he/she could continue the work due to the “acoustic pollution” from the wind turbines. The wind turbines were “generating unacceptably intrusive and potentially dangerous noise emissions into the natural environment,” the person reported. This is a “polluted acoustic environment.”

This report is based on Incident Reports created in 2018, received as the result of a request under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. The request was filed in January 2019; we received almost 4,000 pages of documents this past March. The report is fourth in a series, examining ministry response back to 2006.

It’s not working

The overarching conclusion from examining the complaint records as a whole is that Ontario’s complaint monitoring process, which the current government inherited from previous administrations, is not working. Key findings:

  • Complaints about wind power projects are part of the process government promised would ensure protection of health and safety. Robust enforcement of the regulations in response to these complaints will fulfill that responsibility.
  • In total, almost 6,000 files of complaints about wind turbine noise, vibration and sound pressure have been released to Wind Concerns by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.
  • 39 percent of complaints in 2018 noted adverse health effects.
  • The records show that complaints do not result in real action by the project operators, despite requirements of approvals for the project.
  • The process to accept and record citizen complaints is inconsistent, and information gathered is incomplete.
  • There appears to be no ministry-wide evaluation and review process for citizen complaints about environmental noise produced by wind turbines.
  • The report concludes with recommendations on how the complaint handling process could be improved as an enforcement tool, and could provide opportunities to act on other issues such as electricity costs.

Read the report here: Report on Noise Complaint Response 2018-FINAL.

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