Oregon Public Health Division listens to wind farm noise experiences

Dr. Arlene King refuses to talk to victims

The Acoustical Ecology Institute

The State of Oregon has begun an assessment of possible health effects experienced by wind farm neighbors.  The state Public Health Division held “listening sessions” in three communities over the past few days, to hear from citizens.  ”With any development, you start learning more about potential concerns as more people start experiencing it,” said Sajata Joshi, an epidemiologist for the state. “Our goal now is to hear what people have to say, and see if we can find solutions that work for communities and for the state’s goals.”

While the Health Impact Assessment will “use the best available science to evaluate public health risks,” the Oregon process is also including anecdotal reports from neighbors, such as those received in these listening sessions.  A limitation of most previous state and industry-funded health impact reports has been that they considered only “direct, causal” impacts: that is, their focus was narrowed to studying previous research to address the narrow question of whether the sound levels being experienced can directly cause physiological symptoms to appear.  It is very likely that many of the reports of health problems, such as headaches, dizziness, and the like are indirect effects of sleep disruption or stress caused by moderate levels of audible wind farm noise at relatively close ranges, and it’s promising that Oregon is taking into account the actual experiences of wind farm neighbors who have been affected.

Jae Douglas, Oregon Public Health’s moderator, said the most frequent wind-farm concern she’s heard is about stress. Her office is charged with writing an assessment of any health impacts from turbines for consideration by the siting council, Oregon Department of Energy and county commissions — agencies that make the decisions on wind-energy projects. A draft will come in March and the final assessment in June.  You can stay current on the process at this Oregon DHS website.

8 thoughts on “Oregon Public Health Division listens to wind farm noise experiences

  1. Stress, i.e. sympathetic nervous system overload, underlies ALL health problems.

  2. I promise not to remove any more appendix organs if Dr. Arlene King promises not to pass off her silly papers as research!

    Until that day I will keep my scalpel sharp and keep practicing medicine without a license. Turnabout is fair play — playground rules — and Dr. Arlene King is playing at being a researcher — so I can play Doctor!!!

  3. I appreciate your clean-cutting humour, David.

    I wonder how much Dr. King is paid for her shallow and biased “research.” Not so much that we wealthy taxpayers would begrudge it, I’m sure.

  4. “I wonder how much Dr. King is paid for her shallow and biased “research.””

    A mere pittance to what that fraudulent, lying, thieving bastard; Kristopher Stevens (OSEA) has stolen from us! I don’t know how that piece of excrement can look in a mirror!

    Judgment day approaches!

    Sean Holt.

  5. It’s not politically expedient for the MOH to investigate health issues related to wind turbines.

    So it’s a waste of time to even ask the MOH for any help.The government is not going to provide money for health studies that will prove them wrong.

    You will have to do your own investigations or just hope that that U.S. doctors will find the answers you are looking for.

  6. I’m pretty sure the rank and file Police would love to prosecute these “mandarins” if they were given the power and order to do so. The unfortunate things is that they have to follow “orders” and where these “orders” come from is the issue here.

    Find out who issues the “orders” and there ya have the “smoking gun” against any prosecution of Political “players” in this Wind Scam!

  7. Quixote, please enlighten me regarding your use of the term, “mandarins”.

  8. man·da·rin (mnd-rn)
    n.
    1. A member of any of the nine ranks of high public officials in the Chinese Empire.
    2. A high government official or bureaucrat.
    3. A member of an elite group, especially a person having influence or high status in intellectual or cultural circles.

    I saved you some effort Quixy. You seem like a busy fellow today 😉

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