Nebraska BigWind setbacks put Ohio to shame

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As BigWind continues to prowl in rural Ohio and attack our setback legislation (1250 ft from property line, HB 483), Nebraska residents ask for even better protections. A HALF mile!!  The truth is out! We enjoyed Ohioan, Tom Stacy’s comments on this article…

“three ingredients needed for a wind farm: ample wind, willing landowners and available transmission lines.” I beg to differ: Three more essential ingredients: SUBSIDIES, MANDATES and NEVER-CLEAN-ENOUGH ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS. More that 50% of wind project revenues comes from sources OTHER THAN selling electricity into wholesale markets. It is as UNAMERICAN an investment or “partnership” as anyone could ever conceive of getting invoved with. And that is BEFORE considering the property rights issues….

Fifteen years ago, Cindy Chapman and her husband moved to an acreage south of this city in search of their peaceful slice of the countryside.

“We decided we wanted to get back to the life we had as kids, with a big yard and big gardens, enjoying the birds and beautiful sunset,” said Chapman, who grew up on a farm near Geneva, Nebraska.
But when a German-based corporation announced plans last year to erect 54 wind turbines near the couple’s 6-acre plot, Chapman turned into an activist, digging into the available reports on the economic and health impacts of wind farms.
Now, a group she formed, Stop Hallam Wind, is poised to win tough, new restrictions on wind farms in Nebraska’s second-largest county….

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, in a report to county officials, said the noise generated by wind turbines is different than that generated by a passing train or semitrailer truck. Much of the sound is below the level of human hearing, the report stated, and the noise created combines the “swish” of the turbine blades and a “thump” when a blade swings past the tower.
Overall, the department said wind turbine noise is annoying enough that it can cause increased heart rates and increased blood pressure that could lead to hypertension and sleeplessness.
County health officials said that due to “gaps” in knowledge about health impacts, the county should be conservative in its regulations….

Levy said the proposed standard would require at least a half-mile separation of any wind turbine from a dwelling…

via: Nebraska news