Noise monitoring of wind farms must be tightened to ensure they never exceed new guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australia’s wind farm commissioner has said.
The Conservative Party has serious concerns about Australia's heavy reliance on wind farm power generation as part of the nation's energy mix, not to mention the health impacts for people living or working near them.
The Australian reports, the WHO yesterday confirmed excessive wind turbine noise could be linked to health problems and for the first time included the renewable energy source in regulations covering road noise, aeroplanes and loud music.
A WHO investigation highlighted a lack of quality research into wind farm noise and health and said because of its special characteristics, existing measurements might not be adequate.
It made a conditional recommendation that a level be set for average noise exposure of below 45 decibels.
“Wind turbine noise above this level is associated with adverse health effects,” the WHO said.
Acoustics expert Steven Cooper said the WHO recommendation was significant, “It is a big issue now the WHO has stepped out and said wind turbines can cause health impacts.”
The Waubra Foundation, which has campaigned against noise from wind farms, said it welcomed the WHO statement.
“This is long overdue acknowledgment by the WHO of health risks from excessive wind turbine noise,” the foundation said.
Conservative Party South Australian senate candidate Rikki Lambert says the major parties keep bolting on more wind and solar, causing instability in our energy grid because they are not baseload power alternatives:
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