UW doctor: No evidence that wind turbines cause health problems

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Wind |


From a presentation to the Public Service Commission Wind Siting Council by Jevon D. McFadden, MD, MPH:

􀂄Self-reported physiological reactions correlated with psychological reactions — expectation of increase in noise can lead to increased self-reported symptoms, even in the absence of actual increases in noise
􀂄No indication that sound from wind turbines had an effect on self-reported health [impacts], except sleep at around levels >45 dBA (Van den Berg, 2008)

General Conclusions
􀂄Evidence does not support the conclusion that wind turbines cause or are associated with adverse health outcomes
􀂄Current evidence is not compelling enough to invoke the precautionary principle
􀂄Gaps remain in our knowledge of the impact that wind energy may have on human health
􀂄Defined broadly enough, “health effects” would include most of the human experience
􀂄Annoyance is not a disease

Recommendations
􀂄Encourage concerned individuals to report symptoms or illness to a healthcare provider
􀂄Encourage health officials to continue to assess new evidence as it becomes available
􀂄Recommend involving affected individuals in siting process

Dr. McFadden lists the following affiliations at the beginning of his presentation:

􀂅Centers for Disease Control and Prevention —Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
􀂅United States Public Health Service — Lieutenant Commander
􀂅Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health
􀂅University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences —Adjunct Assistant Professor

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