Science says wind power is safe

Posted on August 18, 2010. Filed under: Wind |


From an editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal:

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health has reviewed more than 150 scientific and medical reports related to wind turbines and public health.

Division staff have listened and responded to concerns about wind turbines from the public, municipal leaders and local health officers. The division has sought the expertise of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health departments in states with heavier reliance on wind energy.

So what did the Wisconsin Division of Public Health determine from all of that careful inspection?

“We conclude that current scientific evidence is not sufficient to support a conclusion that contemporary wind turbines cause adverse health outcomes in those living at distances consistent with current draft rules being considered by the Public Service Commission,” wrote Dr. Seth Foldy, state health officer and administrator, in a July 19 letter to wind farm critics who claim all manner of ailments from wind turbine noise, vibrations and shadow flicker as the sun sets behind turbines.

Dr. Jevon McFadden, an epidemiologic intelligence service officer with the CDC, offered similar reassurance in May to the Wisconsin Wind Siting Council that he serves on.

“Evidence does not support the conclusion that wind turbines cause or are associated with adverse health outcomes,” McFadden wrote in his presentation.

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