Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of Independent Expert Panel

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) convened a panel of independent experts to identify any documented or potential health impacts of risks that may be associated with exposure to wind turbines, and, specifically, to facilitate discussion of wind turbines and public health based on scientific findings.

The health panels results have just been released.

The report provides a thorough review of the literature on sound from turbines and the potential for sleep deprivation. This is a complex subject, and much depends on the type of wind turbine and the where the turbine is sited. As Salem reviews the question of whether a wind turbine at Winter Island could disturb close neighbors, this report will be a useful resource.

The findings of the report confirm that there is no scientific evidence to support “wind turbine syndrome.” The expert panel found no evidence of “infrasound” or vibrations that impact human health.

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