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

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16
Personal Details
First Name: 
Christine
Last Name: 
Jelbart
Questions
Q1. Is the draft Information Paper presented and written in a manner that is easy to understand?: 

The draft Information Paper is unsatisfactory because it does not include any information from the largest turbines and number of turbines at Macarthur. Given the lack of credible research it must be patently obvious that more needs to be done.

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

How many people who have reported health impacts from wind farms were interviewed?

Why was there no interest in the Macarthur wind farm, and no interviews of residents there who have been impacted?

Why has multi-disciplinary research not been carried out at the Macarthur wind farm? 

Why did you not carry out HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS at the Macarthur wind farm when a preliminary health survey found that many people in the district are suffering health impacts?

This preliminary health survey can be found at the following link -

 

http://waubrafoundation.org.au/2013/macarthur-preliminary-survey-shows-effects-out-8-9km/

 

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?: 

Evidence of infrasound and low frequency noise was found by an independent acoustician at the Macarthur wind farm. There was found to be a strong correlation between this sound energy and the distressing symptoms of local residents.

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

The wind farm developers are very sure to employ acousticians who give them the results they want. Any peer reviews that are undertaken by them also use these same people. These companies use faulty equipment, and don’t include full spectrum noise testing.

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?: 

Until multi-disciplinary research is done, then this evidence won't be shown. The lack of credible research found for your paper suggests that the need is urgent.

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? : 

Again, until multi-disciplinary research is done, this evidence will not be shown.

Page reviewed: 11 February, 2015