The smoking gun: The wind industry has covered up NASA’s infrasound research results for two decades

New information has come to light regarding early research into low frequency noise (LFN) and infrasound generated by wind turbines, which allows us to complete the following historical summary:

1. In the 1980s, NASA conducted extensive wind turbine research, which documented adverse effects of low frequency sound (LFN) and infrasound on human health and well-being.

2. In the mid-1990s, the wind industry established wind turbine noise standards that were specifically designed to cover up NASA’s findings.

3. Since then, governments worldwide have been duped into accepting the wind industry’s noise standards as adequate, or have been complicit in adopting them to further their own political interests.

4. In recent years, independent researchers have been rediscovering what NASA and the wind industry have known for decades about LFN and infrasound and their effects on human health.

5. Now, municipalities are considering regulation of LFN and infrasound from wind turbines for health and safety reasons.

Although there are thousands of citizens’ groups opposing wind turbines worldwide, few (if any) have known about NASA’s research and the wind industry’s coverup of their findings until recently. The facts have now been documented in an excellent article and 36-year timeline published by Stop These Things, an Australian anti-wind turbine group. You can read the article here and view the timeline here .

Two items of particular interest are referenced in the timeline:

  • A 1985 (!) paper by Nussbaum and Reinis on the medical effects of infrasound on human beings — a collaboration between the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo and the Institute of Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto, available here . This paper makes connections between infrasound and medical symptoms such as headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea — symptoms being experienced by many people living near wind turbines.
  • An article reporting on a municipal by-law that regulates LFN and infrasound from wind turbines (the first in the world) enacted in 2014 by the town of Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario, plus the text of the by-law, available here (scroll down).

So, a major coverup of the health effects of LFN and infrasound, extending over two decades. Very good for the turbine manufacturers, the wind developers and the politicians who aided and abetted them. Very bad for the tens of thousands of ordinary people living near wind turbines who have had to endure debilitating medical symptoms. Recognizing that we can’t change the past, we have to set our sights on changing the future.

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Posted on March 18, 2015, in Advocacy / politics / legal, Human health, Municipal control. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Here’s some more history on the subject…..
    1) The US Government has known about the serious health effects of wind turbine noise since at least 1987 – October 1987: The Windpower ’87 Conference & Exposition in San Francisco. A paper read by a physicist named N.D. Kelley from the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colorado. A research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Contract No. DE-AC02-83CH10093.
    http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2013/u-s-government-has-known-about-wind-turbine-syndrome-since-1987-u-s-dept-of-energy/
    2) (The Actual Study) “A Proposed Metric for Assessing the Potential of Community Annoyance from Wind Turbine Low Frequency Emissions (1987)”
    http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/1987-Proposed-Metric-Assessing-Potential-Annoyance-NREL-Kelley-searchable-copy.pdf
    3) And Kelley published a paper two years earlier also funded by the Dept. of Energy: “Acoustic Noise Associated with the MOD-1 Wind Turbine: Its Source, Impact and Control”
    http://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/old/1166.pdf

  2. Mike Jankowski

    Thank you for this. Please note: The Plympton-Wyoming By-law has been struck down due to legal threats from the Wind Indu$try.

    In a 1990 NASA Study (Kelley) it is stated that in order to know how people will react to a Wind Farm installation and pulsating infrasonic bombardment, the following must be known and considered;

    1.) The structural rigidity of the building materials of homes
    2.) The room dimensions (To ascertain room modes)
    3.) A person’s individual reaction to such bombardment (People react differently.)

    When one considers that our Governments (Provincial and Federal), Wind Power Corporation$ and their partners have not;

    A.) Have not considered the structural rigidity of our homes
    B.) Have not considered our room dimensions or conducted modelling or monitoring in our homes, even after reports of issues
    C.) Have not considered any information related to people’s tolerance to pulsating infrasound

    We thus conclude: THEY HAVE NOT A FOG BOUND CLUE WHAT THEY ARE SUBJECTING US TO.

    Furthermore, even after our reports of issues THEY HAVE NOT CONDUCTED ANY MEANINGFUL ANALYSIS INTO INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS OF HEALTH IMPACTS FROM WIND TURBINES.

    Worse yet: THEY CONTINUE FULL SPEED AHEAD, SUBJECTING MORE PEOPLE!

    Sorry to be typing in upper-case. I do not do it often, but the shoe fits.

    This is a full blown conspiracy with some end goal in mind which is not consistent of my understanding of what a government is mandated to accomplish.

    Our Government is in error and should be held to account. A basis of science is when a problem is reported to prove of disprove. No one in our government is specifically and sincerely investigating problem reports including infrasound and its characteristics despite being told by real, rational people what they have experienced. My family and I are unfortunately victims of this. Hence the upper-case.

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