Wind Turbines Could Be Making Some People Sick in Japan


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Though the exact causes are being investigated, residents living near wind turbines in Japan are increasingly complaining of headaches, dizziness, insomnia and other ailments, Asahi.com reports. According to the original article is sounds like at least wind farm has been built too close to people’s homes:

Tsuyoshi Okawa's family fell ill in January 2007 soon after wind turbines began operating at Gumihara wind farm, about 350 meters from their home in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture.

The 40-year-old says they began to lose feeling in parts of their bodies, suffered bouts of dizziness, and were unable to sleep properly.

When they spent time away from the house, the symptoms quickly dissipated. But as soon as they returned, they would flare up again.

At the family's request, a group of acoustics experts conducted noise level tests and found that low frequency sounds were causing vibrations throughout the house.

Although they advised the Okawa family that those sounds could not adversely affect their health, the family decided to rent an apartment farther away where they could go to sleep each night.


Low Frequency Vibrations To Blame?
The article goes on to say that more that 70 people have reported similar problems, and speculates that the low frequency sounds produced by the turbines, similar to those produced by some air conditioners and boilers, have caused similar complaints about feeling unwell for years.

Wind Turbine Syndrome Not New
The idea that the vibrations caused by wind turbines can cause these sorts of symptoms in people is nothing new. In fact, at least one author, Dr Nina Pierpont has giving it a name: Wind Turbine Syndrome. The main thing that every study I’ve seen on the subject seems to be that wind turbines need to be located far enough away from human settlement.

Now, before anyone jump all over me for being a traitor the green cause, I’m not insinuating that wind turbines are bad, only that we shouldn’t ignore potential problems to people, wildlife or the environment in promoting them. Just because they're carbon neutral doesn't mean other issues should be ignored.

via: Asahi.com, CleanTechnica
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