A seismic action by the Brown County Board of Health (BOH) is rocking wind development in Wisconsin and residents have contacted us for help. On Oct 14, 2014 the BOH unanimously passed a motion to declare the wind turbines at the Shirley Wind project in Brown County to be “a human health hazard”. This is a first in the USA, and possibly the world, and as such sets the stage for what may be a game-changer for the wind industry. This decision only strengthens Ohio’s move to increase our setbacks through the Ohio legislature last fall, Ohio HB 483!
The BOH has made this courageous move after investigating health concerns with the Shirley Wind project for the past four years and after having recently received test results from a year-long study of infrasound and low frequency noise in and around the Shirley Wind project. Symptoms reported at Shirley Wind mirror those being reported around the world, so this action and its aftermath will have an impact far beyond Wisconsin. It will affect all of us, and all of us need to be there to support the BOH for the step they’ve taken.
The BOH is in for a battle, as the project is owned by Duke Energy, perhaps the largest utility in the United States. Your words of support, and testimonies about health impacts being experienced at other wind projects, can help strengthen the BOH’s resolve as they hear from others and more fully see and appreciate the broader scope of impacts to human health wherever industrial wind turbines are built irresponsibly close to homes…
Shirley Wind Human Health Hazard Declaration
At the October 14, 2014 Brown County Board of Health meeting a motion was made to declare the Shirley Wind turbines a Human Health Hazard. The motion was unanimously approved by the Board:
“To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, WI. A Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health.”
Brown County is located in Wisconsin, USA.
Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy (BCCRWE) has issued a press release regarding this Human Health Hazard declaration, which can be seen at: http://bccrwe.com/index.php/8-news/16-duke-energy-s-shirley-wind-declared-human-health-hazard BCCRWE is requesting your words of support for this action.
Research indicates that industrial wind turbines can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals if placed too close to homes. BCCRWE has been working intensively for the past 5 years with professional researchers, physicians, acousticians, and legislators to protect citizens of Brown County, the state of Wisconsin, the United States, and those in other countries from the negative health impacts resulting from industrial wind turbines being built too close to people.
BCCRWE welcomes and encourages individuals, organizations, and governmental agencies from around the world to send their words of support regarding the Board of Health’s action. BCCRWE will pass your emails on to the Brown County Board of Health as support for their courage, integrity, responsibility, intellectual honesty, and care in declaring the industrial wind turbines at Shirley Wind to be human health hazards.
If you or others you know have experienced negative health impacts from living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines and would like to share that experience along with your words of support with the Brown County Board of Health, please do so.
Send your words of support, and if applicable your experiences, to: BOHsupport@bccrwe.com