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Nothing but Spin

February 12, 2012

The Valentine’s Day hearing on the the DEP/DPH panel report will be anything but a love-in. The panel was determined to discount or ignore any research that suggested health impacts. But they could not deny the lack of evidence that turbines are safe, so a frequent refrain of the report is “insufficient epidemiological studies” and “more studies needed.” This is the point Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts has been making. Do a real health study, not a literature review. Or better yet, listen to the people actually living with turbines.

The agencies entrusted with protecting people are instead protecting big wind and big political ambitions.

For more, read After turbine health “study,” state produces nothing but spin and join Wind Wise at Gardner Auditorium in the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston on Tuesday 2/14/12 from 10 am-1 pm



4 Comments leave one →
  1. sheri permalink
    February 14, 2012 4:58 am

    S. is a solid piece of advice….ask for more studies! Definitive studies, studies that have been requested but ignored! The need for more study, more research was highlighted in the DEP DPH report,! Sue Fontaine, I believe are a member of the Duxbury Alternative Energy Committee…the chairman of your committee stated at tonight’s selectman’s meeting that the recently released DEP DPH report showed “NO evidence” of any adverse health impacts…he was intending to have our town officials think there are NO “concerns”…let’s be honest…”no conclusive evidence” does NOT mean “no evidence”…what does a real medical/health study “look” like…it does not “look” like the recent DEP DPH study that simply kicked the can down the road…Sue, if you are sincere, you will be supportive of definitive and conclusive research….

    • Susan Fontaine permalink
      February 15, 2012 9:26 pm

      Sheri, We agree on something. ;-) I too would like to see an original study funded to fill in the gaps and am planning to request it tomorrow in Bourne. I have to reread the report tonight to figure out what to ask for. Yes, you guessed correctly, I am on the AEC.

  2. S. Fontaine permalink
    February 13, 2012 5:21 pm

    What should a real medical/health study look like? I would like to know what to ask for at the DEP/DPH meetings.
    thank you

  3. February 12, 2012 5:55 pm

    our alternative energy chairman wrote to our town’s Board of Health in November of last year in regards to our group’s many concerns with the particular plan he was pushing for a wind turbine in our town… His note read: “We are particularly sensitive to potential health impacts. The study is intended to assist municipalities with the evaluation of potential health risks…”

    Question: How exactly did the “study” assist municipalities with the evaluation of potential health risks?

    Question: Based on the assurances of our Alternative Energy Chair, did the “expert panel” provide the clarity our Board’s of Health need in order to protect their resident’s from potential harm to their well-being?

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