Do clean-energy wind turbines make people nearby sick?

Kansas City StarApril 13, 2008 

Many place great hope in wind farms to produce cleaner energy that will replace some of the need for coal-fired power plants. But just how healthy is the noise from wind turbines?

Complaints about illnesses caused by the sounds that emanate from turbines are just beginning to be studied.

One researcher calls it “wind turbine syndrome,” a collection of symptoms that include headaches, anxiety attacks and high blood pressure. Doctors in some other countries have done research on people who live near turbines and say the sounds they emit make them sick.

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