Photo: Vlasta JuricekCross-posted from Midwest Energy News. There's no denying that wind turbines make noise. A giant rotor blade the size of an aircraft wing swooshing through the air is going to make a noticeable sound, particularly in a quiet, rural setting. And it's an often-repeated claim of wind farm opponents that this noise can lead to a whole host of health issues, including headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Health fears, among other objections, have sometimes been cited by local governments as they establish large setbacks, moratoriums, or other restrictions on wind farm development. But a new study published …
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Ken Paulman, editor of Midwest Energy News, is a professional journalist who has worked as an editor for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and Minnesota Public Radio.