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Studies fly in face of concerns over wind turbines’ impact

Erin Ailworth’s Aug. 11 Money & Careers article “Environmental divide” failed to address the many independent, credible studies from around the world that have found that wind turbine sound has no direct impact on human physical health.

Last year the Massachusetts Departments of Environmental Protection and Public Health issued a detailed report rebutting several health-related myths perpetuated by wind energy opponents. These findings are reinforced by the real-world experience of the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work near these facilities without incident.

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Our society needs energy, and generating electricity from wind is key to reducing the environmental and human health impacts of traditional energy generation. Wind-generated electricity displaces the most expensive, least efficient source of electricity on the utility grid — usually older fossil-fueled power plants.

This in turn results in a reduction of harmful air pollutants, which have been demonstrated to lead to human health impacts such as respiratory and cardiovascular disease and to create precursors for acid rain and smog.

Generating electricity from wind creates no air or water pollution, uses no water, and generates no hazardous waste requiring permanent storage, and as a result represents the lowest-impact form of energy generation available to our society today.

John Anderson

Director of siting policy

American Wind Energy

Association

Washington

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