This correspondence between a member of the public and Defra comes via the Countryside Guardian email newsletter.
From: Dr T****
To: noise <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:18
Subject: Wind turbine noise
I would be most grateful if you would let me know to what extent your Department has had discussions with independent ( ie not Government or wind industry funded) medically qualified experts on the environmental health problems associated with the installation of wind turbines near homes. My literature researches identify a number of truly independent medical experts who express very real concerns at the adverse noise effects on resident health and especially from the low frequency component of the turbine noise.. These professional medical findings confirm the large and growing amount of anecdotal reports on the worrying health impacts on some people living near wind farms.
Surprisingly, I gather from discussions with the Department of Health, that it is not responsible for such health issues and indicated that I should contact DEFRA.
As you will know, because of these concerns, there is an increasing belief that wind turbines should be placed well away from residences (the purpose of a bill currently going through the House of Lords) - a view also expressed by many experts and organisations.
From: ccu.correspondence <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Dr T****
Sent: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:10
Subject: Response to your Query : - Ref:DWOE000260753 - wind Turbine noise
Dear Dr T****,
Thank you for your email 17 January about wind turbine noise. I have been asked to reply.
We have had no discussions with medically qualified experts on this specific issue but we are aware of the concerns expressed and monitor the debate. We continue to work closely with other relevant Government departments on the question of wind turbines.
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