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Wind Turbines and Health - revised

Topics: Built Environment, Nuisance Control Location: General, Canada

Noise and Low Frequency Sound
The sound level associated with wind turbines at common residential setbacks is not sufficient to damage hearing, but may lead to annoyance and sleep disturbance.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
Wind turbines are not significant sources of EMF exposure.

Shadow Flicker
Shadows caused by wind turbine rotors can be annoying, but are not likely to cause epileptic seizures at normal operational speeds of 30 to 60 rpm.

Ice Throw and Structural Failure
Risk of injury can be minimized with setbacks of 200 to 500m and by implementing shutdown procedures during conditions that cause ice to form.

 

Wind_Turbines_Feb_2013.pdf

Publication DateFeb 14, 2013
AuthorFortin P, Rideout K, Copes R, Bos C
PublisherNCCEH
Posted by NCCEHMay 17, 2013
NoteIncludes new studies on noise disturbance and wind turbines, expands on concepts of low frequency sound and infrasound, and provides additional information on the incidence of epilepsy and photosensitivity.