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Wind turbine sound study results extend debate over health risks

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BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A new report confirms the presence of wind turbine sounds in one of three homes where residents claimed they were forced to leave due to health problems caused by the turbines.

The state Public Service Commission partially paid for the study, which was done at the Shirley Wind Farm south of Green Bay.

Clean Wisconsin and four independent groups tested audio levels in the 3 homes, after the residents appeared at a hearing to oppose another proposed wind farm in St. Croix County.

Clean Wisconsin scientist Tyson Cook told FOX 11 there were no audible wind turbine sounds in none of the 3 homes that were investigated – and only the most sensitive equipment picked up audio in the house nearest to a turbine.

Two of the three residents of that house said they suffered nausea – and the four independent firms recommended further health studies.

But wind farm opponents say the tests confirmed what they knew all along. State Assembly Republican Andre Jacque said the state should not approve any more wind energy farms until the results of the new tests are known.

Jacque said the study clearly shows a connection between wind turbines and people’s health – and he said statements from wind farm advocates have been contradicted by the study’s investigators.

Meanwhile, the PSC expects to act on the St. Croix project in February. 

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