Friday 18 April 2014

Climate alliance challenges Vic/NSW wind farm claims

WIND TURBINE FARM

There is no credible evidence that living near turbines is bad for people’s physical well-being according to a leading alliance of health and welfare groups and they have called on state governments to explain the rationale for restrictive new planning laws for wind farms.

A statement by the Climate and Health Alliance, a coalition of 20 groups, including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Psychological Society, challenges the Victorian and New South Wales governments to justify new regulations that give households power to block turbines within two kilometres of homes.

The two-kilometre right-of-veto in Victoria is supported by anti-wind farm group the Landscape Guardians.

It has claimed that wind turbines are causing heart problems, migraines, chronic sleep disturbance and loss of balance.

Alliance convener Fiona Armstrong said no credible evidence had been published in peer-reviewed scientific literature linking turbines and pathological health problems.

”It is not clear why these planning decisions have been taken and we would urge governments to look at what the scientific literature says and not be influenced by vested interests,” she said.

Introduced in August, the new Victorian wind farms laws also ban turbines in tourist sites such as the Great Ocean Road.

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy last year said the new regulations would give certainty and fairness to local communities.

He denied they were prompted by health concerns, saying he had not seen definitive evidence on whether there was a link.

The government yesterday did not directly answer questions on the setback distance and which overseas planning regimes the Victorian scheme were modelled on.

A spokesman said the previous Labor government trampled on people’s rights, giving them ”no say in the erection of wind farms which not only threatened the sanctity of their home, but had the capacity to threaten forever the look and amenity of entire communities”.

In NSW, government documents released to environment group Friends of the Earth under freedom-of-information laws showed health officials had dismissed the most commonly cited evidence that turbines cause health problems, US paediatrician Nina Pierpont’s book Wind Turbine Syndrome, as lacking epidemiological rigour.

3 Comments

  1. Gary Goland says:

    Are those denying an effect of emissions attending the people who are feeling the effects? I reflect too on the capacity of GPs to identify and interpret symptoms that are truly attached to causes. This when they are given no measures of the environmental stressors that exist all over the place. They cannot be aware of individual exposure to these. I have personal experience with traffic fumes and cancers; the cancer registry missing half the cases in two streets. The public and companies pay millions of dollars to regulatory authorities who are sitting on their hands in their offices. Writing low frequency noise and vibration reference out of legislation….leaving everything to a reactive process. It is easy in SA to relate the ongoing effects of lead poisoning from a lead smelter, upwind of a primary school at Port Pirie. When will the primary school be moved? There are some peer reviewed journal articles with direct reference to the risks from turbines. There are others that relate a whole change in ecosystems in oceans where turbines are placed. The parties who deny any significant effect, could do a bit more reading.
    The role of biological system other than auditory air-conduction in the emergence of the hypersonic effect, Tsutomu Oohashi, etal, Brain Research, 2005; http://arraytherapeutic.com/library/articles/HypersonicEffectBody-Ear%20study.pdf
    The Coherent Heart Heart–Brain Interactions, Psychophysiological Coherence, and the Emergence of System-Wide Order, Rollin McCraty, Integral Review Dec 2009; http://www.heartmathbenelux.com/doc/McCratyeal_article_in_integral_review_2009.pdf
    Effect of infrasound on cochlear damage from exposure to a 4-kHz octave band of noise, Gary W. Harding, Barbara A. Bohne, Steve C. Lee, and Alec N. Salt, Hear Res, 2007; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2593403/pdf/nihms79641.pdf

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  2. Stone says:

    Isn’t that great news. We can now install wind turbines in inner-city parks, parliament house , Sydney heads and every politicians back yard. Whoops , health problems aren’t the only issue with this intermittent energy source…

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  3. Julie Gray says:

    I would like to know if David Thomey lives within a 2klm distance of a wind turbine. I bet he doesn’t. I agree with the second comment. But will go further in saying that these industrial structures do not reduce emissions as they are made of steel and have tons of concrete to secure them into the ground they are also brought from India and china so how is that green Not to mention the deaths of the endangered species when the habitat is destroyed to put up these killing machines. Money is the only reason for the new religion of supposedly green energy what a joke. Julie Gray

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