An international federation has slammed a government report which claimed there was “no peer reviewed scientific evidence linking negative health affects with wind farms“.
by Leslie White Weekly Times Now
The Dean Report by Noise Measurement Services found Waubra resident Noel Dean “has been and is currently adversely affected by the presence and activity of the Waubra wind farm”.
Mr Dean moved out of his house in May last year complaining of chronic headaches and ear damage.
The information in the report “has been submitted as expert evidence” to wind farm hearings and “at no time has the evidence been significantly challenged or rebutted by the wind farm applicant, the consultants or the legal practitioners employed by the applicant(s)”, the report said.
The report attacked the New Zealand wind farm standard (also used in Australia) as neither “adequate” nor “acceptable”.
Mr Dean said residents near wind farms were suffering the same symptoms “worldwide”.
“It’s the Government’s fault, they’ve got to fix it,” Mr Dean said.
Meanwhile the Society for Wind Vigilance – an international group of physicians, engineers and other professionals which argues for “wind turbine guidelines” – has slammed the Rapid Review completed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Rapid Review has been held up by the Victorian Government as proof wind farms do not hurt residents.
The Society said the report was “biased from the outset”.
“The vetting and quality of material cited in the Rapid Review is at best suspect and at times ridiculous … it challenges the World Health Organisation authoritative position that annoyance is an adverse health effect – astounding,” the analysis said.
NHMRC media manager Carolyn Norrie would only say the report’s methodology was discussed in the report.
Victorian Department of Health spokesman Bram Alexander said the department had “full confidence” in the NHRMC and its report.