The Hayes McKenzie report for DTI “The measurement of Low Frequency Noise at three UK wind farms” investigated the levels of low frequency noise and infrasound emitted by wind turbines, it was not within the remit of the study to undertake new medical analysis.
However, the study did refer to the document prepared for the World Health Organization “Community Noise” which states that
“there is no reliable evidence that infrasounds below the hearing threshold produce physiological or psychological effects”.
It also referenced work undertaken for DEFRA on low frequency noise and its effects.
Dr. Andrew McKenzie and Malcolm Hayes are acoustic experts with between them over 45 years experience. They have conducted work in relation to wind turbines at over 400 proposed, consented or completed sites in the UK and overseas.
DTI and DEFRA have recently commissioned a report by Salford university one of the objectives of which is
“to establish the levels and nature of the noise complaints received across the UK relating to noise issues from wind farms, both historic and current, and determine whether Aerodynamic Modulation (AM) is a significant effect”.
This report will be published later this summer.