Health & Safety

Society for Wind Vigilance –  Advocates for authoritative guidelines for wind energy development to protect the health and safety of communities like yours.

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Children’s Safety

Did you know that the Nor’Westerview school is approximately 2 km. from the nearest proposed wind tower?   How will this affect our childrens’ health?

  •  According to Dr. Nina Pierpont (a leading  New York paediatrician), turbine noise can also trigger nightmares and other disorders in children as well as harm cognitive development in the young.

http://www/commondreams.org/print/45405

http://betterplan.squarespace.com/todays-special/2009/7/22/72209-why-is-wind-turbine-noise-a-potential-health-hazard.html

  

Ice Rimes – Ice Throws
Here’s a story about Ice Throws from a Peterborough newspaper – “Wind Turbine’s Deadly Shower 

Low Frequency Noise & Infrasound

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/wts-uncorrected-proofs-8-14-09.pdf

  •  Vibroacoustic disease is a chronic progressive cumulative systemic disease caused by high intensity/low frequency sound and infrasound
  • Symptoms include : -sleep disturbance
    • Headache
    • Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
    • Ear pressure
    • Dizziness, vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Visual blurring
    • Racing heart beat (tachycardia)
    • Irritability
    • Problems with concentration and memory
    • Panic episodes with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep

EMF Electromagnetic Fields

Instead of producing “clean” electricity, the wind turbine process can create “dirty” electricity with electromagnetic waves and harmonic distortions. This can occur where the wind energy is converted into electrical energy and around substations where it is connected to the electrical grid. This electro-hyposensitivity affects people differently but in some cases the symptoms are so severe that it is actually driving people who live near wind farms, out of their homes.

Icing/Rime Ice/Cold Weather

  • most turbines are made to withstand up to only -20C interesting)
  • At present, there are currently no guidelines for dealing with potential dangers arising from ice thrown off wind turbines.
           

 

Structural failurethese wind turbine s have a life expectancy of  20 years or less — They wear out as a result of  strong vibration

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    • Wind turbines have a shelf life of approximately 20 years
    • Storm damage to turbines, poor quality control, lack of maintenance and component failure can contribute to tower collapse
    • Blade failure can be far more damaging than structural failure. In Germany, blade pieces have gone through the roofs and walls of buildings.

 http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk

fireDoes our city have the ability to fight a fire like this?

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Although we are told problems with turbines are rare, the fact is they happen. This turbine caught fire in our neighbor state of Minnesota on March 27th, 2008. You can see the fire and the smoking chemicals running down the side of the tower.   What could the fire department do about it? Nothing. It’s too tall for the fire equipment to reach. The only answer they had was this: “Let it burn.”  Imagine the damage to the heavily forested area of the Nor’Westers should a fire occur.

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