Better late than never. A panel of medical and technical experts convened by the Massachusetts Departments of Environmental Protection and Public Health (DEP and DPH) has released a draft of their much-awaited review of the science regarding wind turbines and human health. The bottom line: they concluded that “there is no evidence for a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome.’”
Additional key findings include:
- Claims that infrasound from wind turbines directly impacts the vestibular system have not been demonstrated scientifically. Available evidence shows that the infrasound levels near wind turbines cannot impact the vestibular system.
For an interesting counterpoint to that particular conclusion, see my previous post.
- The weight of the evidence suggests no association between noise from wind turbines and measures of psychological distress or mental health problems.
- None of the limited epidemiological evidence reviewed suggests an association between noise from wind turbines and pain and stiffness, diabetes, high blood pressure, tinnitus, hearing impairment, cardiovascular disease, and headache/migraine.
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