Wind turbines and health A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature

Robert J. McCunney, Kenneth A. Mundt, W. David Colby, Robert A Dobie, Kenneth Kaliski, Mark Blais

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Abstract

Objective: This review examines the literature related to health effects of wind turbines.

Methods: We reviewed literature related to sound measurements near turbines, epidemiological and experimental studies, and factors associated with annoyance.

Results: (1) Infrasound sound near wind turbines does not exceed audibility thresholds. (2) Epidemiological studies have shown associations between living near wind turbines and annoyance. (3) Infrasound and low-frequency sound do not present unique health risks. (4) Annoyance seems more strongly related to individual characteristics than noise from turbines.

Discussion: Further areas of inquiry include enhanced noise characterization, analysis of predicted noise values contrasted with measured levels postinstallation, longitudinal assessments of health pre-and postinstallation, experimental studies in which subjects are "blinded" to the presence or absence of infrasound, and enhanced measurement techniques to evaluate annoyance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e108-e130
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 8 2014
Externally publishedYes

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McCunney, R. J., Mundt, K. A., Colby, W. D., Dobie, R. A., Kaliski, K., & Blais, M. (2014). Wind turbines and health A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(11), e108-e130. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000313

Wind turbines and health A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature. / McCunney, Robert J.; Mundt, Kenneth A.; Colby, W. David; Dobie, Robert A; Kaliski, Kenneth; Blais, Mark.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 56, No. 11, 08.11.2014, p. e108-e130.

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McCunney, RJ, Mundt, KA, Colby, WD, Dobie, RA, Kaliski, K & Blais, M 2014, 'Wind turbines and health A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. e108-e130. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000313
McCunney, Robert J. ; Mundt, Kenneth A. ; Colby, W. David ; Dobie, Robert A ; Kaliski, Kenneth ; Blais, Mark. / Wind turbines and health A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 56, No. 11. pp. e108-e130.
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