UI research finds no health hazards from wind turbines

Noise created by wind turbines does not cause adverse health effects, according to a recently released report written by members of the Iowa Environmental Council and researchers at the University of Iowa.

“With the rapid expansion of wind energy, some neighbors to wind turbines have claimed the sound has affected their health. While, to some, the sound might be annoying, research studies have established no adverse health effects,” states Peter Thorne, a professor and head of the University of Iowa’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Media Coverage

Iowa Report Refutes Human Health Risks Of Wind Turbines (North American Windpower)

Wind turbine health risks unfounded, says new research (Windpower Engineering)

Sound from wind turbines not detrimental (NWestIowa.com)

UI research finds no hazards from wind turbines (Daily Iowan)

Are wind turbines harming health? A new paper says ‘no’

Wind TurbineA paper released Thursday from three Iowa groups looked at research around the public health impact of wind turbines and found little evidence they’re harming neighbors. Studies found sound from wind turbines may be annoying, but they “have established no adverse health effects,” said CPH professor Peter Thorne.

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Media Coverage

Report: Sound from wind turbines does not harm human health (The Gazette)

Are the wind turbines popping up across Iowa harming neighbors’ health? A new paper says ‘no.’ (Des Moines Register)

Researchers conclude wind turbines unlikely to impact human health (Radio Iowa)

Report: Wind turbines have no negative effect on health (The Courier)