Health Effects of LFN

This article contains information on Clinical Symptoms Resulting from Exposure to Low-Frequency Noise

Clusters of symptoms affecting many people living near wind turbines have been identified by Dr Amanda Harry (Cornwall, UK) and Dr Nina Pierpont, (NY, USA).

1. sleep disturbance

2. headache

3. tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)

4. pressure sensation in ears and/or head

5. dizziness - includes problems such as vertigo, light headedness, sensation of almost fainting, etc.

6. vertigo - the sensation of spinning, or the room moving

7. nausea

8. visual blurring

9. tachycardia (rapid heart rate)

10. irritability

11. problems with concentration and memory

12. panic episodes associated with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering, which may arise while awake or asleep

Health problems associated with people living near industrial wind farms was first identified as long ago as 1987 by N.D. Kelley in a paper prepared for the US Department of Energy and presented at the Windpower 87 Conference and Exposition in October 1987.

This report showed that inaudible infrasonic low-frequency noise (ILFN) produced by wind turbines can induce health problems in local residents, which become worse over time. It also recommended noise curbs on wind turbines. This report has been ignored by the wind industry for more than 25 years, and its existence has only recently come to light to dedicated groups fighting the forces of BIG WIND.

In more recent years GP Dr Amanda Harry (Cornwall, UK) noticed a cluster of clinical symptoms in people living in close proximity to wind farms. Dr Harrys work was expanded on by the American behavioural paediatrician Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD. Pierpont clinically examined a number of people living near wind farms who subsequently fell mysteriously ill.

Pierpont wrote a report in the form of a book, Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment. She identified a cluster of symptoms experienced by people suffering from exposure to low-frequency noise near wind farms.

In her book Pierpont also gave a detailed explanation of how signals from the vestibular system - sensors in the region of the middle and inner ears which detect the bodys balance, motion, and position are scrambled by low-frequency noise emitted by wind turbines.

Further recent research by Prof Alec Salt in the field of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) has given greater insight into how the ear responds to low-frequency noise. Unfortunately it is too detailed to go into here. Here is a link to Prof Salts research .

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Feb 26, 2016
Don't forget objections have to be with the Planning Inspector by 2nd March - that is next Wednesday!
Feb 9, 2016

Seren has lodged an appeal for this turbine at Ffrwd which was refused by Ceredigion Council in 2015.

Help for you about the main points to make to the Planning Inspector on our link:

Ffrwd Farm, Llanwnnen, Lampeter

Deadline for letters 2nd March 2016.

These should add further comments or modifications to any original objections. By email to: 'wales@pins.gsi.gov.uk'.

Jan 25, 2016
Some good news! Seren's appeal against the Carmarthenshire County Council's refusal of their 74m wind turbine at Blaen Pibwr - near the Botanic Gardens - has been dismissed.


 
 
 
Oct 28, 2015
Objections required AGAIN! Seren have appealed the Blaen Pibwr development.
Aug 25, 2015
A Community Councillor has been called to resign over breaches of the code of conduct.
Aug 24, 2015

We have put on another web page -  Legal / Procedural Challenges.

This page is under construction so more to come!

Aug 23, 2015

Have a look at our new web page: Recent Planning Decisions.

Other recent Planning Decisions

 

Aug 23, 2015
Nothing has been decided yet on the re-application for a turbine at Maescadog. Your objections can still help - of special importance are transport issues of the turbine to the site and new regulations about bats requiring more detailed monitoring. There are many species of bats roosting at the nearby Dolaucothi Gold Mines.
Jul 9, 2015

Proformas for Objection Letters are available to download by clicking here for people who have NOT objected before

And here for a different proforma, worded as though you have objected before

You can print, add your comments, sign and post
OR copy content into an email amending to reflect your views and send via email

Deadline is Wed July 15 2015

Jul 2, 2015
We need to act now! Another application has been made for a turbine at Maescadog, Caio. The previous application was refused by CCC AND at Appeal. Previous objections will not count so could you write again using the new application number? The turbine is at the same site and is the same size so look below for what to do now. You could resubmit your previous objection or do a new one.There were over 200 objections previously - yours matters this time too! Time is short so please get a letter in by 17th July. Click on this blog to see the information you might need for your objection.
Mar 28, 2015
A German company, Energiekontor, wants to erect two industrial scale wind turbines on Mynydd Pencarreg.
Feb 13, 2015

If you have recently bought a house in the county you could help us gather information.

Did any wind turbine applications situated in the vicinity of the house you bought show up during the conveyancing process?

Did the searches show proposed or applied for wind turbine developments that might impact on your house? These include council searches or the declaration by the seller.

We want to encourage the Law Society to improve their forms and solicitors to offer more extensive searches.

Nov 5, 2014

Public exhibition for wind farm on Mynydd Pencarreg, Rhydcymerau

Jun 11, 2014
Refusal for Application E28824
May 7, 2014
News is just in that the Appeal against the decision by Carmarthenshire County Council, in December 2012, to refuse permission for 21 wind turbines on Llanllwni Mountain has failed.
Mar 27, 2014
April 3rd is the deadline for objections to: E/29773

Land at Panteg, Cellan, Lampeter Carmarthenshire, SA48 8HN

 

Mar 21, 2014

What we thought has now been proven! Walkers and climbers turn their backs on Scotland as electricity companies industrialise wild lands, according to a new survey by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS).

 

Mar 21, 2014
Alex Salmond is not only recommending Scottish independence. His love of wind farms has cost tax payers a huge amount of £ since the SNP took power.Will Scotland be able to afford that if independent, I wonder?
Mar 14, 2014
On 20 Jan 2014 Kris Hopkins,Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responded to a question about the culmulative visual impact of wind turbines in Lincolnshire.
Mar 5, 2014
Wind Farm developments scrapped!
Feb 7, 2014
Easy access to see planning applications for wind tubines in Carmarthenshire.
Feb 7, 2014
Wind turbine rotor blades are difficult to recycle says a report from Aberdeenshire Council's Garioch area planning committee.
Jan 29, 2014
European Court of Justice condemns EPAW
Jan 26, 2014
Well we knew it! Wind turbines will take thousands off the value of your home says a report in the Daily Mail.
Jan 26, 2014
Wow! Taking turbines down because they spoil the view!
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Current Local Planning Concerns:
Rhydcymerau / Bryn Dafydd:
Single wind turbine, 86.5 metres (283ft) tall.
Rhydcymerau / Pencarreg:
2 wind turbines, 100 metres, 328 ft tall.

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Planning & Objections
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