Board of Health seeks DEP testing after receiving about 130 complaints about wind turbines

Jun 7, 2012 Full story:

The Board of Health voted unanimously Monday to ask the state Department of Environmental Protection to do a sound study of the two industrial wind turbines on town land.

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Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Jun 7, 2012
I the Town of Falmouth ,Massachusetts residents packed into town hall for a board of health hearing for those suffering ill effects from Falmouth's wind turbines.

The residents of Falmouth have been fighting for their lives for over two years.

About 70 people filled the selectmen's meeting room the other night, with some pouring out into the hall, ready and willing to share their stories. residents were required to submit written testimony and speak only about how the turbines affected their personal health.

Noise and subsequent headaches and vertigo led to many complaints about the wind turbines !

The homeowners are the original stakeholders
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Jun 8, 2012
I have been advised by the acousticians I work with that efforts to sound proof houses just end up increasing the proportion of infrasound and low frequency noise inside the homes and can make the ILFN exposures worse, because it is the unbalanced proportion of sound energy favouring the lowest sound frequencies which is what the inner ear is detecting and reacting to,(worse in quiet background noise areas). This is why "white noise" or "broadband noise" sometimes helps to partly ameliorate the problems, but it doesn't completely fix the problem, and most people do not want to sleep with the TV or Radio going in the background, as it also disturbs them... Nor does this use of "white noise" appear to have any effect on the body and brain's perception of the ground vibrations which for some people seems to be a significant problem and appears to be related to a more rapid onset of symptoms.

I have also found this pattern corroborated by people with better insulation having more problems with the LFN which intuitively makes sense as well - because the resulting exposure of ILFN inside the home is heavily weighted more to the penetrating ILFN whilst the higher sound frequencies are left outside, and this effect is stronger as the quality of the insulation increases. This is why there is a pattern of people finding partial relief from the symptoms if they go and sleep outside in a tent - the sound is less weighted down into the lowest frequencies.
Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Jun 9, 2012
Plans of insulation will probably not help very much, because of the nature of ILFN sounds penetrating capacity into buildings.. What is the big idea with air condition? Pure cosmetics? Reduction in operation time will perhaps help a little, but not those having their working hours in night-time and therefore already reduced sleep quality to shorten their lives.
So be careful and let the planners document real effects of their proposals by competent ILNF measurement in test buildings before accepting it as a general solution for all neighbors.

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