An engineer would at least read the science.Aidan wrote:No, i haven't read the past two years of reports into this - I'm an engineer not a doctor. I have read enough about it to know that epidemiological studies have not found a link, and that there is strong nocebo effect. But attributing it all to that seems rather lazy from an engineering viewpoint.
Contrary to what you say, noise and vibration can have health effects. I wouldn't want to live under the path of many low flying aircraft, and I'd be wary of living too near a busy road. Wind turbines have two additional factors that could exacerbate the situation: firstly persistence, because most of them are constantly on. Secondly in some (probably rare) cases they cause buildings to resonate, greatly amplifying the effect. And unlike traffic noise, the sound produced doesn't vary much, so when resonance occurs it's a very big problem (unlike traffic noise where the occasional vehicle causes resonance but soon passes, and most vehicles don't have that effect).
Statistical analysis of complaints have shown no correlation between turbine sites and complaints. They have show that complaints only occur after suggestion.
Quantitative analysis of sites has shown that the levels of low frequency sound, noise and vibration drop off very close to the sites, and fall far below normal urban noise levels very quickly.
In short there's no evidence of illness, and no evidence of that which is blamed for the illness.