30 Nov '11, 3pm

Settlement in U.K. Sheds Little Light on Wind Turbine Noise Issues

Settlement in U.K. Sheds Little Light on Wind Turbine Noise Issues

A couple in the United Kingdom has settled a lawsuit against wind farm owners claiming their lives were severely disrupted by the noise from the nearby turbines. The terms of the settlement are "strictly confidential," according to the Telegraph , meaning that this case won't provide much insight into the ongoing issues surrounding wind turbine noise. The couple, who lived on a farm in Deeping St. Nicholas, about 100 miles north of London, complained of an "unbearable hum" from the turbines installed in 2006. They were seeking damages and compensation for their home and farm that they said lowered dramatically in value due to the noise. The settlement terms will remain sealed. Noise complaints have dogged wind developers in a number of locations over the years, with conflicting data on exactly how loud turbines can be and how damaging the noise is to human health. A study ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/wind/settl...

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