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Infrasound & Low Frequency Noise Heard in Boston

June 11, 2017
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L-R Barry Funfar, Neil Andersen, Louise Barteau. Photo credits Louise Grabowski

Eight activists from Wind Wise told the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture why House Bills 464 and 2133 matter to families who live near industrial wind plants. The June 6, 2017 hearing was chaired by Senator Anne Gobi.

The Department of Environmental Protection is mandated to protect the public from noise pollution. These bills would add “infrasound,” “low frequency noise,” and “aerodynamic amplitude modulation” to the types of emissions regulated by MADEP.

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Sen. Anne Gobi (center) chaired the hearing

Barry Funfar and Neil Andersen, both from Falmouth, and Louise Barteau from Fairhaven reported their first-hand experience with ILFN.

Watch a video of Dale LaBonte’s comments on the problem with infrasound.

Dr. Wayne Klug of Lanesboro wrote to urge the committee to report out both bills favorably because they are “needed to protect the health and safety of Massachusetts residents.”

The attractive and comforting image of majestic wind turbines turning gracefully against the sky, generating clean, limitless energy—seemingly all benefit and no cost—begins to tarnish as we hear about particulars that neither wind developers nor government agencies have so far cared to discuss.

Of special relevance to the current bills, we hear about the turbines’ high-frequency noise—and its inaudible low-frequency counterpart, called “infrasound”—that creates headaches, vertigo, and elevated blood pressures among humans living within 1.5 miles on level, and 2 miles or more on mountainous, terrain.

Currently, the Massachusetts DEP does not regulate these unique noise characteristics, even though ample evidence suggests that neighbors are being sickened by turbine noise. Current noise assessment procedures require the quantification only of acoustical phenomena that are audible to human hearing (in dBAs).

H. 464 addresses this oversight by making clear that the DEP’s power to regulate noise extends to low frequency noise, infrasound, and aerodynamic amplitude modulation. Similarly, H. 2133 will require that these terms – “low frequency noise”, “infrasound”, and “aerodynamic amplitude modulation” – be included in the definition of noise pollution regulated by the DEP. Adding these three terms will provide the basis for regulating them – as proposed in H. 464.

Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts has additional information on ILFN (infrasound and low frequency noise), vibroacoustic disease, and research studies which confirm the impacts people experience from the inaudible emissions industrial wind turbines generate.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Jankowski permalink
    June 22, 2017 7:54 am

    Keep the pressure on! Here we have left our home to protect our health and had measured wind turbine Blade Pass Frequencies, including 19 harmonics in our home at time as expected. Had been suffering health issues on and off for 2.5 years and no cause found, yet was site specific and varied with wind direction and presence of a low pitched noise in time with wind turbine rotation in our home. Excellent work!

  2. Joanne Levesque permalink
    June 11, 2017 6:17 pm

    Hola! Thank you for this post notification – NOTE: the video says “unavailable” – not sure what the problem is…

    joanne

    On Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM, Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts wrote:

    > windwisema posted: ” Eight activists from Wind Wise told the Joint > Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture why House Bills > 464 and 2133 matter to families who live near industrial wind plants. The > June 6, 2017 hearing was chaired by Senator Anne Gobi. T” >

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