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Critical analysis of: Wind turbine health impact study: report of independent expert panel

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Abstract. The “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of Independent Expert Panel” study says: “The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) convened a panel of independent experts to identify any documented or potential health impacts of risks that may be associated with exposure to wind turbines, and, specifically, to facilitate discussion of wind turbines and public health based on scientific findings.” It continues, saying: “The scope of the Panel’s effort was focused on health impacts of wind turbines per se.” The Massachusetts study treats health affects broadly in accordance with WHO and includes direct health effects, annoyance, and sleep disruption. In many ways the Massachusetts study is a critique of the literature relating to wind farm acoustic emissions and health effects. This paper is a critique of the critics. In particular, this critique examines some of the physical acoustic findings and some of the social survey findings. The Massachusetts study reveals itself to have problems similar to those that it criticizes in other reports.
Presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America San Francisco, California, 2–6 December 2013
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 20, 040008 (2014) Published online 26 March 2014
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