Saint Albans Messenger; December 10, 2016
Thank you for the opportunity to respectfully respond to the article ““Scientist: No ill effects from turbine sound”. I was referred to as “irate” when holding firm to protecting neighbors. The first-time meeting with Dr. Chris Ollson was misreported.
The intent of PSB workshop was to discuss the wind turbine noise rule. There were two sides; one with several professionals advocating to keep the current 45 dBA noise limit and use prediction models to validate noise levels in lieu of measurements. Whereas, neighbors supporting lowering the noise limit to 35 dBA to minimize complaints. Each side presented international standards and guidelines supporting their position.
Unfortunately, neighbors were devalued by the discussions focusing on standards, procedures, and protocols, and not actual human responses. Instruments are not reliable indicators for annoyance, nuisance or harm. The PSB is confronted with a critical decision about how to control noise and minimize complaints from wind turbines. The current noise rule is not working as evidenced by high noise levels and maximum complaints.
— Steve Ambrose