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Falmouth Conference on Human Rights

October 14, 2013

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Human Rights Committee in Falmouth holds its 2nd annual conference. The program features Lilli Green, Sarah Laurie and Steve Ambrose. It runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Falmouth Public Library in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room (300 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540).

Neighbors are far better acoustic analyzers for determining the quality of their life versus any acoustic instrument left unattended by an expert.

(Stephen E. Ambrose, INCE, Bd.Cert. Acoustics, Environmental Sound and Industrial Noise)

Lilli Green:  Around the World Findings and Wind Turbine Updates

The dream vacation–an around-the-world trip–changed dramatically when Cape Cod residents Lilli Green and Preston Ribnick began talking with people who lived near wind turbines. The two interviewed over 200 people in 15 countries. People living in close proximity of wind turbines, health care professionals, researchers, scientists, politicians, journalists, environmentalists, and advocates gave interviews. Key findings of the adverse impacts of wind turbines will be presented.

Sarah Laurie:  Cumulative Exposure Results in Deterioration of Health

Contributing via web conferencing, Sarah Laurie will present her foundation’s research on infrasound, low frequency noise (ILFN) and vibration as causal agents of mental and physical health problems near industrial wind turbines.

Steve E. Ambrose:   Back To The Future

Falmouth has been presented with many wind turbine noise studies, most reporting that the wind turbines comply and there is no foundation for complaints.  With the majority of his recent work focused on communities with industrial wind turbine sites, Steve Ambrose will discuss minimizing excessive noise and adverse public health impacts.

There will be a question-and-answer period after each presentation.

For more information, contact David Moriarty 774-521-8474; e-mail:


Green is CEO of a health care consulting and quality improvement company with a national reach which was formed in 1979. She has worked with teams of experts throughout the United States to develop educational programs in the health care sector. Her background includes directing an environmental education school and working for the National Park Service as a naturalist/interpretive ranger. Green has spent over three years researching the impact of wind turbines on individuals and communities.  She created the film Pandora’s Pinwheels. It documents reports of adverse impacts from living in close proximity to wind turbines and presents experts who describe why the impacts of wind turbines are different from other industrial machines.


Laurie is the executive director of Australia’s Waubra Foundation. Formed in 2010, Waubra facilitates independent, multidisciplinary research into the new health problems identified by residents living near wind turbines and other industrial sites.

Ambrose is a Board Certified Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and a is a full member of the Acoustical Society of America. He has over 35 years of experience working in acoustics, environmental sound, and industrial noise control. His career started with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. He was responsible for quieting large electric power stations and industrial / commercial facilities.  He encourages businesses to coexist as good acoustic neighbors. Currently, he is an independent consultant practicing near Portland, Maine.  He coauthored the Bruce McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study for Falmouth, Massachusetts, followed by a number of peer-reviewed papers and articles about wind turbine noise and adverse public health impacts.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2013 5:02 pm

    I think it is clear, from what Steve Ambrose presented, that from the very beginning the data show that the wind turbines would not be in compliance and widespread complaints should be expected. The preconstruction sound measurements show that the background ambient was expected to be around 30 dB(A). The software models predicted wind turbine noise would be 40 dB(A) or more on Blacksmith Shop Road, exceeding the state regulation of 10 dB(A) above ambient.

    MassDEP actually measured sound levels above 50 dB(A) 1,320 feet from Wind-1. This is 10 dB(A) more than the models predicted, and 20 dB(A) above the preconstruction ambient measurements of 30 dB(A), twice the state limit of 10dB(A). Steve said that doubling the distance from the noise source will reduce the noise level by 6 dB(A). So at twice 1,320 feet, or 2,640 feet from Wind -1, we can still expect more than 14 dB(A) above ambient.

    We do not need a professional acoustician to tell us that when you put two more wind turbines identical to Wind-1 in the same neighborhood, you are going to get widespread complaints, from folks who live as far away as 3,000 feet or more. The data already collected is all the proof an honest observer needs.

  2. Tammy C Truitt permalink
    October 14, 2013 3:28 pm

    Will you be taping the event. I live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore which is about 10 hours drive. I would love to come but it is not possible.

    I am familiar with the work of Ambrose and Laurie. My region is being threatened by industrial wind development. Local officials are unwilling to learn about the consequences of siting industrial wind too close to communities.

    Thank You,

    Tammy C Truitt

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