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Two Danish cities put a moratorium on wind power developments

Discontent is growing in Denmark about the health effects of wind turbines. The Health Minister promises independent studies.

"Recently, (the cities of) Kolding and Sønderborg decided to not erect further wind turbines (in their 500 km2+ jurisdictions) until the uncertainty about their impact on neighbours is settled", announced Danish television TVSyd (1).

Kolding is Denmark’s 7th largest city with 57,000 inhabitants. Its jurisdiction extends 605 km2 and includes a total of 89,000 inhabitants (76,000 for Sønderborg).

Adds Dr Mauri Johansson, EPAW's spokesman for Scandinavia: "During the last 12 months, several smaller municipalities had done the same, in spite of strong pressure from government. They are not satisfied with the noise regulations, and demand that independent studies (i.e. objective ones) be done concerning the effects of wind turbines on health.

In a press release dated July 2nd, the National Association for Neighbours of Large Wind Turbines in Denmark wrote: “The (government-sponsored) study will be organized by “Kræftens Bekæmpelse” (an organization that primarily focuses on fundraising for and research about cancer), and the result is expected to be published by the end of 2015. It is not yet known how the study will be conducted, but a focus on the frequency of cardiovascular disease among neighbors of large windturbines was mentioned in both consultations.

They add: “It is our hope, that the study will have a broader focus than just cardiovascular disease,” and point out that “it has sent a strong message to the public that the Minister for Health and Prevention and the Minister for the Environment both see a need for a study of the health effects of wind turbines, admitting in effect that no such knowledge exists at present.” (2)

Footnotes:

(1) - Here is the video and a summary in Danish: Er vindmøller sundhedsskadelige? (Are wind turbines harmful?)

(2) - Download the press release

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TVSyd - June 30, 2013