Wind Turbine Syndrome

Nina Pierpont, a physician in Malone, N.Y., has described a recurring set of symptoms experienced by people living near industrial wind turbines. Other researchers around the world have also noticed them. They appear to be similar to those of “vibro-acoustic disease,” a well documented set of harmful effects from low-frequency industrial noise and vibration.

Her testimony before the New York State Legislature Energy Committee was published in 2006 and describes in detail the impacts of industry-driven siting practices, which completely disregard public health.

Physicians who study the issue notice the same sets of symptoms, which start when local turbines go into operation and resolve when the turbines are off or when the person is out of the area. The symptoms include:

  • Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening
  • Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea
  • Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression
  • Problems with concentration and learning
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Rapid heart beat