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

ID: 
22
Personal Details
First Name: 
Hamish
Last Name: 
Cumming
Questions
Q1. Is the draft Information Paper presented and written in a manner that is easy to understand?: 

The paper has serious short comings , particularly not taking into account many recent studies on both human and animals.

 

.  For hundreds of years scientists have used birds and animals to understand  sickness, disease, mental illness and mental distress, immunisation and reaction to drugs etc.  They then use this information to help people, saving many years in the research field and many lives. Why on earth would NHMRC now suggest that it cannot use studies involving animals when it comes to wind farms. Animals and Birds are the ideal guinea Pigs (so to speak) because they have no preconceived ideas, no financial interests and are totally independent from Government and the wind industry.  Animals and Birds show there is a real impact from wind farms and demonstrate clear distances that the wind farms effect them.

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

Again, I think the NHMRC has shown short sightedness and bias toward the wind industry and has not taken the real issues involving people living next to wind farms into account.

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?: 

 

 

 

I submit that the NHMRC must take into account the very important and very relevant study done on Cranes and how wind farms cause their distress and displacement.  For hundreds of years scientists have used birds and animals to understand  sickness, disease, mental illness and mental distress, immunisation and reaction to drugs etc.  They then use this information to help people, saving many years in the research field and many lives. Why on earth would NHMRC now suggest that it cannot use studies involving animals when it comes to wind farms. Animals and Birds are the ideal guinea Pigs (so to speak) because they have no preconceived ideas, no financial interests and are totally independent from Government and the wind industry.  Animals and Birds show there is a real impact from wind farms and demonstrate clear distances that the wind farms effect them.

 

I believe the Texas University BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF WIND FARMS ON WINTERING SANDHILL CRANES is relevant to Humans as well. As you do not provide a means of attaching the report, I will drop the report text in below my comments. The report I believe, should be included by NHMRC  as evidence that wind turbines are likely to have an effect on human health.

 
 The report is I believe proof that the wind turbines do emit some sort of disturbance noise or vibration that can have a measurable effect on cranes (Birds).

 

Cranes cannot be accused of being NIMBY, or having a financial interest either way with turbines.  Cranes can however be seen to be disturbed and distressed  within 2km of wind turbines so much that they lose more weight through stress than they can find food to eat.

 

Cranes are shown to be displaced and disturbed by wind turbines regularly 5 to 8km from turbines.

 

Cranes have been recorded as far away as 14km detecting and reacting to the turbines. This distance is too far to be a visual effect, so must be noise or infrasound related.

 

The report also shows that the disturbance and distress did not get less over the 3 years of study, so the cranes did not get used to the turbines, and it is unlikely that people will get used to them as well.

 
 Other Birds such as ducks have been monitored by radar and they are displaced out as far as 1.5km during flights. (Percival 2001)

 
  Birds have the ability to fly away when they get disturbed or displaced by wind farms, people in houses do not.

 
 
 I have scientific proof of the displacement of cranes, in Texas and in Australia.

 

Cranes abandoned their  nesting and flocking sites at the Victorian wind farms of  Yambuk and Macarthur for at least 5km from turbines, as soon as the turbines were switched on, (they did not abandon the sites during the construction phase, only when the turbines began generating) so I would believe people are effected by the wind farms as well.  Why have proper studies of people not been carried out, when they are carried out for birds.

 Please take the people claiming to be affected by wind farms seriously, and do a proper study of these people and then you might find that people and cranes alike need to be buffered from turbines by 5km or more.

 
 Regards,

    Hamish.

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

Again, the Texas study done over 3 years shows the effect of wind farms on the feeding, sleeping and relaxing habits of cranes, and it shows a very real and worrying effect.

Open your eyes NHMRC

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?: 

Yes, use the reports on animals to see this, particularly the Navareete report I have included in this submission.

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? : 

I worked with [NHMRC has removed third party information], they did work on Infrasound in Londons train yards and had people wired up 5km from the loco yards.

The people could not hear the trains, and did not know when the trains started and stopped during the experiments. Yet even in their sleep, the recorders showed increase in blood pressure and heart rate whens the trains were started, and then a decrease when they were stopped.  Over and over again this was repeated and shopwed a 100% correlation.

It was shown to have been caused by low frequency noise, and the frequencies were identified and then designed out of the locomotives through simply changing the design of the exhaust systems.

The tests on the people 5km away were again done after the design changes were made, and no heart rate or blood pressure changes were seen.  The problem had been identified and fixed.

NHMRC, get your head out of the sand and identify the problem, then it can be designed out.

I actually think I may have an easy solution to remove a large part of the sound, but no one seems to care about even trying.

 

 

 

The following attachments were provided as an email submission:

1. Email correspondence of April 2014 between Mr Cumming and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, regarding evidence provided in Masters thesis regarding behavioural effects of wind farms on cranes.

2. Masters thesis. Citation details: Navarette LM. Behavioral effects of wind farms on wintering sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) on the Texas high plains [Thesis for the degree of Master of Science]: Texas Tech University; 2011.

3. Draft full text publication by L. Navarette and K.L. Griffis-Kyle of Texas Tech Univeristy, titled: Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Collisons with Wind Turbines in the Southern High Plains of Texas.

 

Page reviewed: 11 February, 2015