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NHMRC Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health submission

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First Name: 
Ivan
Last Name: 
Chan
Questions
Q1. Is the draft Information Paper presented and written in a manner that is easy to understand?: 

Complied

Preface

This is a submission made under protest for the following reasons.

1) In view of the overwhelming mounting prima facie evidence worldwide of adverse health problems of people living near industrial wind turbines (IWT), it is reprehensible that the requirement for proving rigorously that IWT are safe is not made the prime issue and burden for IWT advocates to demonstrate clearly without a shadow of doubt. Whatever happened to putting the honoured precautionary principle in this health controversy before selling out to big wind multinational corporations interest?

2) Instead, an obstruction to truths about IWT is crafted by imposing unwarranted incredibly high standards for acceptance of evidences for adverse health consequences of IWT.  This is an insidious ploy to reject indisputable findings from very highly respected independent researches that show clear scientific factual basis for how IWT is harmful to humans.  The cumulative reports and real personal accounts from all over the world is a damming testimony against IWT that cannot be ignored except through deliberate wilful suppression of truth.

3) NHMRC must put the interests of Australians first before the vested interests of IWT multinational corporations of mostly foreign origins.  It is mandatory that those in the wind lobby prove with independently verifiable facts and studies that IWT does no harm to humans.  This they cannot do.  NHMRC has done the exact opposite which is very biased and blatantly wrong in the adjudicating process currently in place.  NHMRC submission rules has made it highly unlikely for a fair and unprejudiced report to the nation.  How can we trust NHRMC pronouncements on this matter unless this is corrected?

 

Q2. Does the draft Information Paper clearly outline how the evidence was reviewed and interpreted by NHMRC?: 

Complied

Q3. Is there additional evidence on any health or health-related effects specifically related to distance from wind turbines or exposure to emissions from wind turbines?: 

1) Vibroacoustic disease

http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2004;volum...

 

2) Vibroacoustic disease: Biological effects of infrasound and low frequency noise explained by mechanotransduction cellular signalling

http://nmcares.pbworks.com/f/AlvesPereira2007%20Vibroacousticdisease:bio...

 

3) Perception-based protection from low frequency sounds may not be enough

http://oto2.wustl.edu/cochlea/saltlichtenhaninternoise2012.pdf

 

4) Can Wind Turbines be bad for you?

http://oto2.wustl.edu/cochlea/saltboston2011.pdf

 

5) Responses of the ear to low frequency sounds, infrasounds and wind turbines.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378595510003126

Q4. Is there additional evidence on the likely level of exposure to emissions produced by wind farms at nearby residences? : 

1) Wind Turbines, Noise and Health

http://docs.wind-watch.org/wtnoise_health_2007_a_harry.pdf

 

2) Peer review of environmental noise assessment Collector Wind Farm

https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/peer-review-of-collector-wind-farm-...

 

3) The Bruce McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study

http://docs.wind-watch.org/BruceMcPhersonInfrasoundandLowFrequencyNoiseS...

Q5. Is there additional evidence on whether it is plausible that noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation (of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms) might affect healthy functioning of the human body?: 

1) Detailed studies by U.S. Department of Energy agency proved this fact scientifically.

Acoustic Noise Associated with the MOD-1 Wind Turbine: Its Source, Impact, and Control

www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/old/1166.pdf

 

A Proposed Metric for Assessing the Potential of Community Annoyance

from Wind Turbine Low-Frequency Noise Emissions

http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/1987-problem-with-low-frequency...

 

2) Studies by Alec N Salt, PhD, Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University Medial School.

Responses of the ear to low frequency sound, infrasound and wind turbines

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378595510003126

 

Industrial Wind Turbines generate Infrasound

http://oto2.wustl.edu/cochlea/wt1.html

Q6. Is there additional evidence of health and health-related effects observed from other sources producing noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms? : 

Complied

Page reviewed: 11 February, 2015