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Re: “House Takes Surprising Change of Direction in Renewable Siting Legislation

A 2004 study by Eja Pedersen called “ Perception and Annoyance Due to Wind Turbine Noise; a-dose-response relationship “ shows that noise exposures over 32 dBA start to be highly annoying to some residents, the curve then rises sharply and at exposure levels at or over 40dBA , 25% of the population experience “high annoyance”.
A 2007 study by Eja Pedersen published in the British Medical Journal, concluded that “Annoyance was associated with lower sleep and negative emotions... Annoyance is an adverse health effect… The high prevalence of noise annoyance could be due to the intrusive characteristics of the aerodynamics…swishing, whistling, pulsating/throbbing, and resounding”. The study clearly distinguished “a specific characteristic to wind turbine noise separate from other industrial noise”.

According to Robert Rand , a Maine acoustician who has independently studied turbine noise extensively, “wind turbine sound levels over 35 dBA in quiet rural areas are related to widespread complaints, escalating nuisance, and emergence of sleep disturbance and health effects for vulnerable people such as elderly, children, and people with pre-existing conditions.”

The nighttime noise levels for wind turbine are set at 45 dBA . Those levels put Vermont in the medieval times for protection of its citizens against the adverse health effects of turbines noise .
The House has heard those facts , it has voted unanimously to protect all Vermont residents .
Maine has done it , New Hampshire has done it. How could Vermont call itself a leader in the fight against global warming when it refuses to be just a fair player in protecting its own citizens from unwanted noise pollution ?
We strongly urge the Senate to join the House in doing what is their duty in assuring the health and welfare of their constituents. .

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Posted by monique thurston on 04/27/2016 at 11:26 PM

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