Nurses for Safe Renewable Power

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International Nurses Day 2013: and a note about turbine noise

May 12 is International Nurses Day, and also the birth date for Florence Nightingale.

While regarded as the “founder” of nursing and nursing theory, Nightingale, as we have said on these pages before, also had a great deal to say on the subject of the environment and its role in health, and recovery from illness.

On the subject of noise in the environment, she is very specific: in her book Notes on Nursing, she says, “Unnecessary noise, or noise that creates an expectation in the mind, is that which hurts a patient. …anything which wakes a patient suddenly out of his sleep will invariably put him into a state of greater excitement, do him more serious, aye, and lasting mischief, than any continuous noise.” (Section IV Noise)

The common thread in the reports of illness arising from exposure to the noise and vibration from wind turbines is that people cannot sleep. They may go to sleep but are then wakened frequently, often in a state of anxiety. No one could possibly dispute that this is bad for health.

See the reference sent in from an alert reader, here on noise and diabetes:

The wind power developers know there is a potential for effects from their power generating facilities. That’s why they make people leasing land for turbines sign a lease with clauses acknowledging that. Here from a posting at a website called Windyleaks is an example of one of those clauses.

“Lessor grants to lessee a non-exclusive license for audio, visual, view, light, flicker, noise, shadow, vibration, air turbulence, wake, electromagnetic, electrical and radio frequency interference, and any other effects attributable to the wind power facilities or activity located on the leased lands or on adjacent properties (“effects of license”). The burden of the effects of license shall run with and bind the lands and every part thereof and benefit the lessee’s interest in the leased lands and such other lands that the lessee may have a real property interest in the leased lands and such other lands that the lessee may have a real property interest in from time to time and which form part of the project. If requested by the lessee, the lessor shall execute and deliver to the lessee such separate and registerable transfer of easements which reproduce the terms of the effects license.”

This is a sad, sad situation. Our government in Ontario ought to halt approvals of wind power projects now, and undertake to measure existing projects for compliance with its regulations. If wind power were any other kind of product, like a food or a car, and there were reports of problems, it would be taken off the market.

But the moneyed forces behind wind power generation continue to ensure that won’t happen.



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