WIND TURBINE NOISE – Seminar review and up date

Posted Category: Health, Low Frequency Noise, Wind turbine Noise

WIND TURBINE NOISE RADISSON BLU GLASGOW 22nd September 2017

Speakers left to right: Dr J Yelland, Melvin Grosvenor, Professor M Alves Pereria, M Patrick Dugast.

Presentations:

Melvin Grosvenor Independent Noise Working Group (INWG)

M Patrick Dugast LCF Acoustique Expert  Acoustique  et Vibrations

Dr John Yelland MA DPhil (Oxon) MInstP FIET MIOA AMASA

Professor Mariana Alves Pereira. PhD

Melvin Grosvenor representing INWG and affected communities, relayed official responses contained in recent correspondence to concerned residents, from the UK Government,  Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), The  Scottish Government, Energy and Climate Change Directorate, (ECCD),  NHS Ayrshire & Arran, (NHS A& A) Health Protection Scotland, which broadly conclude that:

“there is no evidence of health effects arising from infrasound or low frequency noise generated by wind turbines”

These combined responses cited reports and studies, including an extract in the letter from (ECCD) taken from the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Bulletin 2009, co authored by named acousticians’.

Affected residents have been passed from pillar to post and back again: taking the advice offered by NHS S A & A to consult  their GP’s, and on doing so state that their GP’s response is that they have little or no guidance or medical references to diagnose “wind turbine syndrome” .

In addition NHS A & A refer to North Ayrshire Council’s (NAC) Environmental Health assessments, which they conclude that in the case of the SSE’s Hunterston turbines, these are operating within noise limits set by planning conditions and that SSE have conducted low frequency monitoring which meets current guidance.

Both Dr Yelland and Professor Alves Pereira’s evidence demonstrated that current low frequency & infrasound  monitoring is not fit for purpose, as the equipment deployed is not designed to record within the specific lower frequency ranges required to find evidence of infrasound impacts.

The Hunterston case is indicative of many other wind turbine complaints, where  affected residents find no resolution through consented noise emission planning conditions or  compliance monitoring, to check for breaches in planning conditions.

NAC Environmental Health latest response to adverse health complaints by residents attributed to infrasound and LFN stated;

“I would again request that in future, issues relating to your health be directed towards your GP/NHS rather than Environmental Health.

Environmental Health will only investigate complaints of excessive noise amounting to a statutory nuisance”.

The  presentations by Dr. John Yelland, visiting experienced French Acoustician Patrick Dugast  and Professor Mariana Alves Pereira, provided convincing evidence that there is a significant failure to provide adequate protection to an increasing number of affected people, which includes children and in some cases various species of animals.

Professor Alves Pereria gave a detailed presentation of her research since the 1980’s, that harmful infrasound emissions are not only propagated by wind turbines but other industrial sources & processes i.e., coal mining and grain dryers etc.,.

This evidence is contrary to the sources of information and guidance relied upon by all of the official bodies listed in Melvin Grosvenor’s presentation, who are tasked to provide adequate protection from harm to residents living in the proximity of wind turbines, be it single turbines or large scale wind farms.

Dr Yelland also highlighted the significant concern expressed by INWG and others,  that affected residents are complaining merely because they are simply annoyed by the sight of wind turbines which can be attributed to a nebulous “nocebo effect” or other “non acoustic factors”.

During the Q & A session several members of the audience relayed their experiences, including those who have already had to abandon their homes.

It was reported that only when the turbines are switched off or sufferers are away from their local area of impact, is there any respite from the serious health impacts they are suffering.

However on their return, affected residents are reporting when subjected to further exposure, their suffering increases in intensity and takes longer to ameliorate. There are cases where prolonged and continuous  exposure causes victims to regularly flee from their homes.

Professor  Alves Pereira also presented evidence that this prolonged exposure is linked to incremental harm evidenced by a wider range of symptoms, these have been reported to include, loss of balance, nausea, loss of coordination, a pressure in the ear, thumping in the head or chest, urinary and bowel incontinence, epistaxis (high volume nosebleeds), severe coughs and  increase in chest complaints.

Melvin Grosvenor stated that this serious issue, “cannot be swept under the carpet and there is an urgent need for truly Independent, transparent  and credible research which gains the confidence of existing victims”.

“Victims need to be listened to and believed. Public Health needs to recognise Wind Turbine Syndrome, Vibro Accoutic Disease and all the associated symptoms so that GPs and consultants can provide the right treatment and not waste time and money searching for ‘causes’ that do not exist”.

“New Guidance is long overdue on the safe separation distance from wind turbines to any home. No one should be used as collateral damage”.

It is also clear that the extremely constrained and time-limited research exercise in the case of residents at Hunterston, conducted by NHS A & A, predominantly searching for increase in cases of dizziness and nausea (along with the stated position of Health Protection Scotland) was significantly undermined by the compelling evidence presented at the Seminar.

Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira Ph.D. stated, “It is encouraging to see that Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise is getting wider recognition as an agent of disease”.

See the presentations here

Further information on speakers and INWG

Carrick Gazette Article: Seminar looks at wind turbine syndrome

Background and reason for the Seminar (Press Release 7.9.17)

A Seminar on Wind Turbine Noise

Bigger is Better & Scotland’s stepping stone to the future”

 According to the wind energy industry[1] “Bigger is Better”, because bigger turbines will generate more electricity and compensate financially for the recent reduction in government subsidies.

There are around 3000 wind turbines across Scotland. Inadequate government control of the distances between turbines and homes has already allowed developers to unintentionally degrade the health of many victims, and even drive families out of their homes. There is also clear scientific evidence that even bigger turbines will increase their existing sound power emissions, along with the accompanying infrasound and potential adverse health impacts on those affected.  By way of example, the two very large ‘test’ turbines erected by Scottish and Southern Electricity at Hunterston in North Ayrshire have grossly affected the health of people living on the Isle of Cumbrae and in Fairlie, up to 3 km from the turbines. 17 people including 2 children, all complain of similar symptoms. Their GPs can do nothing to help them as their ‘condition’ is not recognised by public health.

Similar symptoms such as loss of balance, nausea, loss of coordination, a pressure in the ear, thumping in the head or chest, urinary and bowel incontinence, epistaxis (high volume nosebleeds) are already being reported from people living in close proximity to turbines and windfarms in other areas of Scotland, UK and elsewhere in the world. Common to all “sufferers” is that the symptoms recede when they move away from the turbines. It is believed that these symptoms are caused by the infrasound emission, which is very low frequency sound.

So, the real problem with wind turbine noise is not audible noise; it is the infrasound emission, and as yet there are neither standards nor planning guidance to deal with it.

This is already a public health catastrophe, which cannot be merely attributed to victims “disliking turbines” or any other pseudo-psychological reasons, or “non-acoustic factors”, as often proposed by the wind energy industry to explain reported adverse health symptoms.

The speakers at the Glasgow Seminar are Professor Mariana Alves Pereria and Dr John Yelland, both acknowledged experts in this highly specialised field of science, which up to now has been largely ignored, to the cost of an ever-increasing number wind farm noise victims.  

The Seminar will be of interest to: Anyone Living Close to Turbines, Wind Energy Developers, Public Health Protection Officials, Environmental Health Officers, General Practitioners, Councillors and Council Officers, Members of the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments, and indeed anyone seeking to understand the truth about wind turbine noise.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-seminar-on-wind-turbine-noise-tickets-37006124314 

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow.

Friday 22nd September 2017 at 7.00 pm.

Notes for editors:

  1. This seminar on wind turbine noise is to raise awareness and disseminate current, sound independent research so that those affected are taken seriously and wind turbine noise guidance is changed for the better, for all concerned. For more details:

http://www.windsofjustice.org.uk/2017/09/a-seminar-on-wind-turbine-noise/

 

  1. Bigger is Better – according to the wind energy industry: Renewable Energy News page 14 issue 366, 13/08/2017 “Scotland’s stepping stone to the future”.

EDF Energy Renewables is proposing to make a new application for its consented Stranoch wind farm site in Dumfries and Galloway between New Luce and Barrhill. The company was awarded planning consent for a 72MW wind farm in 2016 but it is planning on making a new Section 36 application for ‘more efficient’ turbines 175metres (blade to tip) with 3-4MW power output turbines.

 

  1. Symptoms are caused by turbine infrasound emissions, which are pulsating changes in air pressure at rates of around one pulse per second. They cannot be heard, except by some as a clicking in the ear, but can be perceived through the symptoms already described. Turbine infrasound is well below 20Hz and therefore inaudible.

 

  1. Current Government guidance does not define a fixed limit to turbine noise levels at local homes; instead, in simplified terms, turbine noise at any home must not raise the noise level there by more than 5 dB above the background noise measured there without turbines. So, the real problem with wind turbine noise is not audible noise; it is the infrasound emission, and as yet there are neither standards nor planning guidance relevant to wind turbine infrasound, or even low frequency audible sound. (or indeed any turbine acoustic emissions below 45 Hz) Neither is there any approved guidance on what the wind industry call “excessive amplitude modulation” (EAM) from wind turbines, which, in reality, is slightly more audible noise than usual, combined with a much higher level of infrasound than usual.

 

  1. There are already residents in Scotland who have abandoned their homes, solely due to wind turbine noise both audible and inaudible, there are also other residents who are being severely affected, this issue needs positive and proactive responses and the seminar is an open invitation for all those who need to be informed. There will be a Q/A session at the end.

 

 

  1. Email trail between Denise Dunn a local resident at Fairlie complaining of adverse health impacts to North Ayrshire Council on Wednesday 6th September; and responses highlighting the reality occurring immediately & every time the Hunterston wind turbine is operational (copied to NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Local MSPs, MPs and District Councillors and Melvin Grosvenor). This email began at 12.37 on Wednesday 6th September and like all email trails begins at the end and works backwards with the final email from David Telford at 21.39:

 

Sent: 06 September 2017 21:39 David Telford replied
To: Denise Dunn

Subject: Re: Noise Hunterston Turbine – Denise Dunn Complaint..

Denise,

I feel desperately sorry for the dreadful predicament you have been put in – but it is simply not the case that nobody knew their were health issues associated with wind turbines.  An eminent American physicist, Dr. Neil Kelley, undertook extensive published research for NASA in 1987 on the  dangers to human health of wind turbine generated infrasound.  For twenty-five years thereafter there were numerous scientists and doctors all expressing the same, well documented fears.  This was pointed out by Fairlie Community Council to NAC at the time of the original planning application by SSE.  Needless to say all of FCC’s objections at that time were dismissed out of hand by NAC’s Planning and Environmental Health Officers.  Unfortunately, our elected councillors on the Planning Committee opted to listen to the civil servants rather than the scientists.

Please take care and stay well,

David Telford

Sent from my iPad

On 6 Sep 2017, at 20:41, Denise Dunn  wrote to circulation list:

Not one resident, not one environmental health officer, not one local doctor and not one person from the NHS knew that there would be health issues related to wind turbines!

We were unaware of this each and every one of us!

No one understands what it is like to be a healthy human being one minute then have that taken away from you the very minute these powerful offshore wind turbines are switched on! This is something I have no control over!

There is no other comparison in this area!

These are powerful offshore wind turbines located onshore for crying out loud !

No one can be that ignorant that healthy people are complaining, maybe if you yourselves suffered the impact of this or a close family member, maybe, just maybe, you would wake up and deal with it

Just saying !

Denise Dunn

Sent from my iPhone

On 6 Sep 2017, at 20:31, David Telford Fairlie Community Councillor wrote:

All,

It may be worth repeating here the statement made at the Fairlie Community Council meeting on Monday night (4th September 2017) which I sincerely trust will be minuted.   It is not difficult to understand NAC’s reluctance to include ‘danger to health’ as one of the formal reasons attributed to the Planning Committee’s decision to refuse (as an ‘opinion’) SSE’s application for a two year extension.  Had they done so then NAC’s Environmental Health Department would have had no alternative but to immediately close down the wind turbine test site on health and safety grounds.  Similarly, they would then be looking straight down the barrels of a multi-million pound, class action law suit for ever having consented the test facility in the first place.

David Telford Fairlie Community Councillor.
Sent from my iPad

On 6 Sep 2017, at 15:59, Melvin Grosvenor wrote:

Response to email sent by Denise Dunn to North Ayrshire Council, HNS Ayrshire Arran, Local MSP’s MP’s, District Councillors & Fairlie Community Councillors.

Dear All,

 

Following on from this truly distressing email plea from Denise Dunn, we would urge you to attend the Wind Turbine Noise Seminar arranged at the Glasgow Raddison Blu Hotel on Friday 22nd September 2017.

 

Denise is not making these symptoms up, she is really suffering; Dr John Yelland and Professor Mariana Alves Pereira are expert scientists in this specialist field of acoustics, it is really important for the sake of Denise and the increasing number of local residents that you are better informed, as to the nature and causes of infrasound emissions from wind turbines, along with the ensuing adverse health impacts, experienced by affected residents.

 

Thank you in anticipation,

 

Melvin Grosvenor.

Independent Noise Working Group.

 

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From: Denise Dunn
Sent: 06 September 2017 15:33
To: Noise Complaint sent to North Ayrshire Council plus circulation list.

Surely to god NAC has the authority to stop this turbine from operating

It has been on all day and I am very ill!
This is horrendous to be so ill when my normal day is being healthy

I have no control over my symptoms surely environmental health should be interested in people’s health no matter what the cause!

Please authorize the stoppage of this abuse to my health as soon as possible.

Denise

On 6 Sep 2017, at 12:37, Denise Dunn <densidunn@icloud.com> wrote:

Dear Mr Brennan

Once again I wish to bring to your attention the ‘noise’ coming from the Mitsubishi offshore wind turbine situated at Hunterston.

There is an extremely loud noise today , yesterday and at the weekend there.

To date there is 17 people affected by this offshore wind turbine!
My concerns are no one is available to take complaints at the weekend as your offices are closed and no one is available ! Can this be remedied ?
I am sure you will get the readings you require from the car park or even the railway station in Fairlie!

Please note I wish this email to be logged as an official complaint with regards to the loud noise coming from the Mitsubishi offshore wind turbine .

If you have the equipment to monitor low frequency infrasound from 10 to 0.1 then I will more than welcome a visit from You in my home.

I will not be at home today as I am seeking refuge from the ill effects I suffer due to the low frequency infrasound , but I am sure you will find the correct location to measure the sound .

Get back to me if you have the low frequency infrasound equipment and we will take it from there !
Kind Regards  Denise Dunn
Sent from my iPhone

 

 

[1] Renewable Energy News page 14 issue 366, 13/08/2017 “Scotland’s stepping stone to the future”