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Children Can Be Affected By Industrial Wind Turbines

 Opinion by Mary Burns, Special to the Olean Times Herald

Oct 29, 2013

Our children are under stress from a variety of sources. In school, students endure high-stakes testing and are working to meet rigorous new academic standards. Outside of school, friends and classmates are learning to navigate relationships in the new frontier of social networking.

Parents must now deal with an emerging and very serious new issue. As the town of Allegany struggles with the issue of industrial wind turbines, parents and school officials should thoroughly evaluate risks posed to the health of Allegany’s children.

I have included a letter, which was read at the Vermilion County, Ill., board meeting on Oct. 8, and written by William C. Mulvaney, a superintendent of schools. It is a cautionary tale concerning industrial wind turbine installations.

“My name is Bill Mulvaney and I am the superintendent of schools for Armstrong Township High School and Armstrong-Ellis CUD No. 61. I also served on the wind panel that met to try to give direction to the county board on wind turbine ordinances. Our panel did not come up with any recommended changes, but I would like to share a few thoughts with you.

“I have noticed that we have some children in our district that appear to be having some medical issues related to the wind turbines. Headaches, lack of sleep and jaw issues seem to be the most common. The students also complain about not being able to sleep or not getting a full night’s sleep due to sound issues.

“We have also been advised that we will be losing a couple of families because the wind turbines were placed close to homes and the families can no longer handle the flicker and noise issues.

“While these issues were brought up at our panel discussion, I was not fully aware of the impact that the wind turbines would have to my school district. It is never a good thing when children have health issues or families have to leave their homes to get away from the turbines. The revenue generated by the turbines is a blessing to our schools, but the unintended consequences are real.

“I hope this letter sheds some light on the real issues that affect districts that house wind farms. I also hope that when ordinances are discussed in the future, that these issues are considered.”

Many communities like Mr. Mulvaney’s Armstrong Township are learning their families and children are vulnerable to medical and safety effects. The health and noise issues caused by turbines are being studied around the world. Increasing instances of negative impacts are now being documented. A problem has been that industrial wind turbines have only recently become so immense due to engineering breakthroughs using new structural materials. A consequence is that there is almost no long-term data showing how such huge turbines impact residents in nearby neighborhoods.

As troubling indications continue to emerge, the wind lobby and those wanting to build wind turbines without regard to their negative impacts on children, the aging, the ill, etc., rely on slick and well-funded publicity campaigns and propaganda denying everything. This is no different than what the tobacco lobby so successfully did for decades. Physicians and scientists knew the truth, but big money talks, so tobacco companies became richer while the public suffered.

Parents, school officials and government leaders should know that the substitute turbines requested by EverPower/Allegany Wind at the planning board meeting in September 2012 are bigger than any yet installed by this corporation, with a 37 percent greater rotor sweep than the Illinois turbines referred to by Mr. Mulvaney. They have no field history with such machines.

When the Allegany Town Planning Board requested additional environmental impact studies before approving them, Allegany Wind refused and instead sued the board for asking for them. What are they so determined to hide? Instead of cooperating, they expect Allegany’s children and residents to serve as test subjects for 20 years. The majority of those recent demonstrators demanding to build Allegany Wind will live miles away and, so, are willing to overlook or deny any potential negative impacts on those located nearer turbine alley.

These wind farms very often spread out in all directions once a foothold is established with a few original machines. Allegany’s electorate should not allow a write-in takeover of the town board by a special interest group that would push for that very turbine blight to happen. On Nov. 5, please vote for the town board candidates listed on the ballot.

(Ms. Burns lives in Batavia and owns property on Chipmonk Road in Allegany.)

Source:  By Mary Burns | Special to the Olean Times Herald | October 29, 2013 |www.oleantimesherald.com

Wind turbine impact on children questioned | Peterborough Examiner

Mothers Against Wind Turbines are at it again!! Way to go Ladies:) 

Please go to the website and click on the poll!!!

Galen Eagle – Peterborough Examiner – October 16, 2013

The MothersShellie Correia, left, and her 12-year-old son Joey stand beside Linda Rogers and her nine-year-old son William before Tuesday night’s town hall meeting on wind turbines at the Cavan Monaghan Township office. The two women have formed a group called Mothers Against Wind Turbines and shared their experiences in fighting wind farms in their southern Ontario communities. GALEN EAGLE/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency

MILLBROOK – Mothers Against Wind Turbines added their voice to the opposition against a proposed wind farm in the Bethany-Cavan area.

The group, formed by two mothers who have been waging fights against wind farm proposals in their own communities, spoke to a group of 25 people at the Cavan Monaghan Township municipal office Tuesday night.

Focused on the impact of wind turbines on children, the talk was part of a series of recent town hall meetings hosted by Deputy Mayor Scott McFadden and Coun. Tim Belch.

Shellie Correia, who lives in the town of Wellandport in Niagara Region, has been fighting the construction of a mega wind turbine project in her backyard.

Despite an opposition campaign that included meetings with the leaders of all three provincial political parties, Correia is faced with the real possibility that a 600-foot turbine will be built 550 metres from her home, where she lives with her 12-year-old son Joey, a boy with sensory processing issues.

Joey’s condition means he is sensitive to certain sounds that wouldn’t negatively affect other people. For example, Joey is extremely irritated by the sound of ripping Velcro.

The proposed wind farm that would feature more than 77 massive turbines near Correia’s home is in the final stages of Ministry of the Environment approval, she said.

She still has avenues for appeal, but she fears if the project gets a final go ahead, she’ll be forced out of her home.

“I think it’s going to be devastating, that’s why I’m fighting so hard,” she said. “If my son is suffering … there is no way I could stay there and force him to endure that.”

Linda Rogers, the other half of Mothers Against Wind Turbines, is facing the imminent enclosure of her home and farm by wind development in Haldimand County on Lake Eerie.

She says her nine-year-old son William is especially vulnerable to wind turbine disruptions due to his congenital and medical conditions.

“Noise intrusion will definitely impact on his ability to function,” she said.

Rogers, a nurse practitioner, has been fighting proposed wind farms in her area for years. Despite her protests, a farm with 16 wind turbines two kilometres away from her home was recently green-lighted.

She joined Correia Tuesday as they discussed their experiences.

McFadden said he will continue to host the town hall meetings on the dangers of wind turbines to keep the issue in the spotlight.

“A lot of new faces are coming out and word is spreading. It’s keeping it in the forefront,” he said.

M.K. Ince and Associates Ltd. proposes to build five large wind turbines on the west side of Cavan Monaghan Township, north of Bethany near Devil’s Elbow Ski Area.

The company is hosting a public meeting about the project Nov. 5, running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills Public School west of Bethany in Manvers.