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Iowa: Research Finds Sound from Wind Turbines Does not Harm Human Health

The sound of rotating wind turbine blades does not have a negative effect on a person’s health, a new report by the Iowa Policy Project states.

 While turbines can be linked to a level of annoyance by nearby property owners, there is no connection between whirring blades and headaches, stress or a lack of sleep, according to the report.

 “There’s no evidence of hearing loss associated with wind, really no evidence of stress or other health outcomes, limited evidence for sleep disturbance, but really where there is sufficient evidence, according to these authoritative sources we’ve studied, is feelings of annoyance,” said Dr. Peter Thorne, head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

 “The feelings of annoyance are not likely due to the sound … but they’re due to peoples’ perceptions about wind energy or viewsheds, not directly related to the wind turbine noise itself,” Dr. Thorne added.

 The joint report was released last month by the Iowa Environmental Council, the University of Iowa’s Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, and the not-for-profit Iowa Policy Project.

View the full report.