Wind Turbines, Noise and Donald Trump

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Wind Turbines, Noise and Donald Trump

American President Donald Trump has claimed in a recent speech that noise from wind turbines causes cancer (https://news.sky.com/story/donald-trump-claims-wind-turbine-noise-causes-cancer-11683102), a claim which as far as we are aware, is completely unfounded.

The latest report from the World Health Organisation (http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/383921/noise-guidelines-eng.pdf?ua=1) on Environmental Noise in Europe examined the links between noise and health for different noise sources, including wind turbines.

The WHO Report indicated that the only potential effects in relation to wind turbine noise could be annoyance and sleep disturbance.  The report concluded that the evidence on annoyance from wind turbines was of poor quality and that there was no statistically significant evidence showing wind turbine noise can cause sleep disturbance.  The report also concluded that there is no evidence to show that noise, from whatever source, has the potential to cause cancer.

In common with any developments, it is important to ensure that wind energy developments are appropriately sited, designed and operated so that their noise effects are reduced to acceptable levels.  Arcus has extensive experience of the assessment and measurement of wind turbine noise and can advise wind energy developers accordingly.

Arcus has extensive experience of the assessment and measurement of wind turbine noise and can advise wind energy developers on noise management.