STACEY: NEW AT 10:00, A CENTRAL
IOWA COUNTY’S HEALTH BOARD IS
RECOMMENDING NEW RESTRICTIONS ON
WIND TURBINES SAYING THERE’S A
POTENTIAL HEALTH HAZARD. KCCI’S CHRIS GOTHNER IS COVERING
MADISON COUNTY TONIGHT, HE
EXPLAINS WHY IT’S A
CONTROVERSIAL CONCLUSION
CHRIS WIND TURBINES CURRENTLY
: DOT THIS STRETCH OF SOUTHWESTERN MADISON COUNTY
BUT PLANS BY MIDAMERICAN ENERGY
TO BUILD MORE OF THEM OUTSIDE
WINTERSET HAVE BEEN MET WITH
RESISTANCE FROM SOME LANDOWNERS
WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PROPERTY VALUES, NOISE AND HEALTH. A RECOMMENDATION THIS MONTH BY
THE COUNTY’S BOARD OF HEALTH
COULD LEND OPPONENTS SOME AMMO. IT SUGGESTED DISALLOWING NEW
TURBINES WITHIN A MILE AND A
HALF OF NON-PARTICIPATING HOMES,
CITING POTENTIAL NEGATIVE HEALTH
EFFECTS.>>THE PREPONDERANCE OF THE
EVIDENCE WAS ON THE SIDE OF WE
OUGHT TO EXERCISE SOME CAUTION. CHRIS BOARD CHAIR DOCTOR KEVIN
: DE REGNIER SAYS SOME STUDIES
SHOW POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH
LOW-FREQUENCY INFRASOUND AND
SHADOW FLICKER CAUSED BY
ROTATING BLADES, CAUSING SLEEP DISTURBANCES.>>PATIENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT
HAVE SLEEP APNEA CAN HAVE
SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS LIKE
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND
INCREASED CARDIOVASCULAR
DISEASE. CHRIS UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
: PROFESSOR PETER THORNE WORKED
WITH THE IOWA ENVIRONMENTAL
COUNCIL TO RESEARCH THE EFFECTS.>>MY VIEW IS THAT THERE’S NO
EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT SUCH A LARGE
SETBACK. CHRIS HE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN
: VERY FEW HIGH-QUALITY STUDIES
DONE AND NONE OF THEM HAVE FOUND
DEFINITIVE LINKS TO HEALTH
PROBLEMS. THORNE SAYS WHAT STUDIES HAVE
FOUND IS AN ANNOYANCE OF WIND
TURBINES.>>IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE LOOKS
OF A WIND TURBINE AND EVERY TIME
YOU LOOK AT IT IT ANNOYS YOU
THAT CAN HAVE IMPACT ON YOUR
WELL-BEING. CHRIS MIDAMERICAN SPOKESPERSON
: GEOFF GREENWOOD SAYS THE
COMPANY’S PROVIDED THE COUNTY
WITH AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT ITS
OPERATIONS ARE SAFE.>>IT’S REALLY DESIGNED TO THROW
SAND IN THE GEARS OF A POTENTIAL
WIND FARM. IT WOULD STOP IT IN ITS TRACKS,
AND WE THINK SOME OPPONENTS ARE
USING SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO DO
EXACTLY THAT.>>WE THINK THAT OUR RECORD
SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. CHRIS NOW YOU MIGHT REMEMBER
: PRESIDENT TRUMP FALSELY
CLAIMING EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT
WIND TURBINES CAUSE CANCER. ALL SIDES AGREE HERE THAT
THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE
OF THAT. IT’S NOW UP TO COUNTY
SUPERVISORS WHETHER TO IMPLEMENT
THE HEALTH BOARD’