Australian Senator furious over abuse of rural residents

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Questioning of the Department of Health and Ageing during Senate Estimates last week cast great doubt over the legitimacy of positioning wind farms in rural areas and the wind energy conglomerates which recommended them. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) was questioned about its decision to wait to correct its statement “There is currently no published scientific evidence to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects,” to the public until May 2012.

Senator Madigan said the council’s lack of urgency on matters of public health was nothing short of abuse. “The Government is knowingly doing harm to its citizens by ignoring recent findings. This is against public policy.”

“There is plenty of published scientific evidence and recent health reports that link industrial wind turbines and the serious health effects of living too close to them. This evidence is being ignored as it does not sit with the current political agenda“.

“I personally know it has terrible health effects. I have people coming to my electoral office who are suffering the effects of wind farms being too close to their homes. They are in tears, distraught and feel that their health is simply being ignored.”

“Residents have had wind farms built too close to their homes and as a result have had to leave their properties to protect their health.”

“These wind farms are destroying the lives and the health of so many Australians – lives the government has a duty to protect.”

“It should not be up to members of the public who have been driven out of house and home to prove to the Government that wind farms are making them ill. The onus should be on the multimillion dollar companies to prove that there are no adverse health effects.”

“Serious health concerns were raised by health professionals in submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural wind Farms.”
“It appears the overwhelming majority of submissions to the inquiry were simply ignored. The inquiry received more than 1000 submissions and made only seven recommendations – none of which have seen the light of day.”

“The next time the Senate sits I will be demanding for either that inquiry to be re-opened, or another inquiry opened to look at the health and safety impacts of these wind farms.”
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5 thoughts on “Australian Senator furious over abuse of rural residents

    • Done! I copied your list of MPP’s and sent to all, plus D. Dumais. I should note that about half a dozen addresses are not current.

  1. Senator Madigan’s ‘constituents in tears’ are quite likely to be suffering from annoyance generated by the inaudible infrasound emissions from the wind towers.
    As he says this is an under-researched issue. It differs fundamentally from whether or not the audible emissions from towers are acceptable.

    I do not know of any adequate published research into the effects of infrasound or which identifies the categories of sound which cause the acute annoyance. From my experience the annoyance is associated with the peaks in the sound intensity (not sound pressure level) emitted as each rotor blade passes behind the tower. The sound emitted by that blade’s vibrations is therefore screened for a short period. The resultant fluctuations in sound level generate intensity peaks. My annoyance and that of other observers occurs and is phased precisely to these peaks (spaced about 800 milliseconds apart).

    Old (1957) research into the causes of neural discharges from Pacinian Corpuscles (touch and position sensors in the skin) suggest that energy input above some threshold is sufficient and that the addition of sound with a frequency of 100/150 Hertz (say from a transformer) would then generate repetitive ‘firing’ discharges – and hence the continuous annoyance generated in some sites and for some observers.

    There is only limited information available on the proportion of the population sensitised by and reacting to this type of high intensity low frequency sound.

    In practice the public response to these high intensity infrasound emissions demonstrates that the annoyance is very real the minority of the population who are so sensitised.

    More research is needed before a reasonable planning restriction can be defined to limit the misery caused by higher intensity infrasound.

    • Research on these IWT “noise’ issues was never needed until IWTs came into use. Money was never directed into this kind of research because it wasn’t needed prior to this point in time.
      The “noise” related problems have now appeared so it is time to stop the deployment of IWTs.

  2. Wind and solar may be in trouble soon in the US, as well. Mitt Romney, a GOP front-runner for the Presidential election is quoted as saying:

    “Romney rejects government support for wind and solar energy development.
    “To begin with, wind and solar power, two of the most ballyhooed forms of alternative fuel, remain sharply uncompetitive on their own with conventional resources such as oil and natural gas in most applications,” his plan says. “Indeed, at current prices, these technologies make little sense for the consuming public but great sense only for the companies reaping profits from taxpayer subsidies.”

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