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June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013: Letters to the editor

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The excuse for locating the IWTs here is that our area needs economic development. Creating six to eight jobs is hardly significant. In fact, we are sitting on some of the most productive agricultural land in the world, and we already know what industry makes the best use of this resource. It’s called farming, and we are quite happy with it.

Those of us living in eastern Howard County have been suggesting for some time that, since this wind project was passed by the commissioners with virtually no public input, a moratorium on their coming here is needed to allow a more complete look at the impact of the turbines already installed. Please inform yourself by looking at our website, easternhowardwind.com, which has been set up by Howard County Concerned Citizens, and plan to join us at the next commissioners’ meeting July 1.

Tom Cornell

Greentown

Leaseholders forget high-risk neighbors

Proponents of wind issues can debunk Google until they are blue in the face, but what about juwi’s experts who testified at the eight-hour BZA hearing?

One expert said, “the low frequency infrasound these turbines create does not harm human tissue.” I am a human, and everyone whom I know is as well. So why didn’t the big legal team just say humans, instead of human tissue? That would have been a lie, so they said, “human tissue.” Thank goodness ... at least my parents’ skin isn’t at risk from wind turbines.

An expert testified “that in Canada, a city as big as Chicago had 60,000 people living within a similar footprint.” If any of you leaseholders live in northern Tipton County, when does your backyard ever sound like downtown Chicago? Also, my aging parents are not made up purely of human tissue. Like many high-risk residents, such as children, elderly or people with health issues, they have pre-existing medical conditions. Why has this nearly 100-turbine industrial wind farm proposal been in the works since 2009, and not one survey has been conducted by the county, nor juwi, nor the leaseholders, to identify high-risk residents, especially those living within the proposed wind farm footprint?

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