1 Mile Radius Around Fox Island Wind Farm

Fox Islands Wind Neighbors is comprised of a group of citizens and property owners who live in the vicinity of three 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbines on Vinalhaven, Maine. Our group is actively engaged in protecting the health, natural quiet, and property values of all neighbors impacted by costs that could have been predicted before the wind turbine farm was permitted by the State of Maine. We have tried, to the maximum extent possible, to use available regulatory mechanisms for relief, raising significant funds in the process. Some of our members wish to remain anonymous, for one reason or another. Many are reluctant to speak out, for fear of community backlash. This website and information contained herein is intended to share our point of view. We believe an informed public that can “put itself in the shoes” of the neighbors is very important to redress unreasonable costs inflicted on neighbors through the simple accident of geography: we have been used as dumping ground for industrial noise in a formerly rural, quiet and peaceful part of Vinalhaven. (please, click here)The following compendium, compiled by John Droz, Jr., provides a useful backgrounder should you seek more information on the impacts of wind turbines.

“Since wind energy is a technical area, most people get confused with terminology. Before delving into wind assessments, I would strongly recommend reading through this fine summary of wind energy related terms, written by an independent energy expert.

I tried to arrange the following items by topic. You should also keep in mind that I have the contact information for almost all of the experts who authored the following studies/reports/articles. If you want any of their contact info, please let me know.

Mostly Acoustical Matters —

1 – “Responses of the Ear to Low Frequency Sounds, Infrasound and Wind Turbines“.

2 – “The Audibility of Low Frequency Wind Turbine Noise“.

3 – “Low-frequency Noise from Large Wind Turbines“.

4 – “Review of Noise Studies and Related Material“.

5 – “Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines Installed Near Homes: Effects on Health“.

6 – “Noise Impact Assessment Report – Waubra Wind Farm“.

7 – The Acoustical Ecology Institute goes to great lengths to take a balanced position regarding wind turbines and acoustical consequences. Here is theirdiscussion.

8 – “Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human Health“.

9 – “Wind Turbine Syndrome” (extract of an early version);

“Wind Turbine Syndrome” (current version, full book).

10- “Summary of Recent Research on Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines“.

11-”An Analysis of the Epidemiology and Related Evidence on the Health Effects of Wind Turbines on Local Residents“.

12-”Wind turbine noise, an independent assessment“.

13-”VibroAcoustic Disease (VAD)“.

14-”Industrial Wind Turbines, Infrasound and VibroAcoustic Disease (VAD)“.

15- A fine summary of what transpired at the 2011 third annual Wind Turbine Noise Conference.

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Concerns —

16-”Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Human Health” and here.

17-Some of the most recent studies on EMFs.

18-An EMF assessment of a specific wind project.

19-”Modern Wind Turbines Generate Dangerously ‘Dirty’ Electricity“.

Shadow Flicker —

20-”Evaluation of Environmental Shadow Flicker Analysis for ‘Dutch Hill Wind Power Project’“.

21-”Shadow Flicker Modeling“.

Ice Throw —

22- Dr. Terry Matilsky on Turbine Ice Throw.

23-”Risk Analysis of Ice Throws from Wind Turbines“.

Miscellaneous Health & Safety —

24-”Wind Development and Their Effects on Public Safety Radio Systems“.

25-Repercussions of wind turbine operations on human health by the French Academy of Medicine, which recommends turbine setbacks of approximately one mile.

26-Another safety consideration: turbine fires and here.

27-Here is a good site that keeps track of wind turbine related accidents and deaths.

Government Health & Safety Documents —

You also asked for an example of a state wind energy health policy. Unfortunately, the reality is that politics have trumped science in most places. Minnesota’s, though, is a reasonable assessment.

Some states adopt the unfortunate strategy of closing the barn door after the horses have left. Here is a story about that in Oregon and their current catchup status.

As mentioned, many government agencies have a difficult time in separating political policy from a true scientific assessment. For instance, here is an Australian government document “Wind Turbines and Health” with some insightful scientific commentary by world-renown expert Dr. Nina Pierpont (MD, PhD).

Due to public pressure on the Australian government by its citizens, their Senate set up a high level panel that conducted a nationwide inquiry into wind energy. Their comprehensive and reasonably balanced report “The Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms” was just released 6/23/11.  Chapter 2 discusses health matters.


As I touched on in the beginning, the citizens of the small town of Bethany (NY) did a superior job in itemizing and explaining many of the concerns with industrial wind development in this study.

Likewise, the citizens of Union (Wisconsin) wrote a superior wind ordinance that discussed and dealt with many health and safety matters.

In my view, these are the types of reports that should be generated by NC agencies that are interested in presenting this topic to NC citizens in an objective, scientific manner. (I can provide you with dozens of additional good local ordinances, etc. if you like.)”

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