Anti-wind lobbyist defends noise levels for other client

Posted on June 4, 2009. Filed under: Wind |

At a legislative hearing on May 12, Robert Welch, the hired gun for Wisconsin’s anti-wind forces, testified against a proposal to begin a process to create uniform standards for siting wind turbines:

What is Wind Turbine Syndrome? Its symptoms include sleep disturbance, tinnitus,- which is ringing in the ears – disturbances to balance, anxiety, memory and concentration loss and chest tightness. What is it caused by? It’s caused by noise. And most assuredly the part of noise that is causing the most of it is from the low frequency noise.

However, Welch defended sound levels higher than those produced by wind turbines when he represented Olson Brothers Grain’s plan to build a grain dryer that would produce sound levels of 80 decibels:

Welch said the state-of-the-art grain dryer planned for the site would run at 80 decibels at 10 feet and at 300 feet would be down to 53 decibels, the sound of a voice in a room conversation. — Darlington Republican Journal, June 19, 2008


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