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WI Lawmaker Aims to Restrict Wind Turbine Locations

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MADISON, WI (KDAL) - Wisconsin Senator Frank Lasee has introduced legislation that would allow municipalities to restrict where wind turbines can be placed, citing adverse health effects among some of his constituents. Lasee said the culprits are 500-foot tall industrial wind turbines located in close proximity to homes in Glenmore. He said several families have been forced to abandon their homes due to sickness caused by the turbines, including headaches, ear pain and insomnia. Sen. Lasee cited "dozens of peer-reviewed studies that have proven that 500 foot tall wind turbines too close to homes cause headaches, motion sickness and insomnia."

In a wind turbine health impact study commissioned for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, a panel of New England-area health experts concluded there existed no scientific evidence linking the turbines to such adverse health effects, though the potential for ice accumulation on the blades to fly off represents a potential health concern.

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