GOP Senator proposes plan to protect residents near wind turbines

Andrew Jensen — Badger Herald — April 2, 2013

Residents living near wind turbines could be allowed to sue turbine and land owners for physical and psychological damages if a Republican senator’s bill proposal plan gains support.

Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, has repeatedly said wind turbine operations harm residents in close proximity to these facilities. He said some families have been forced to move because of the noise and ground vibrations created by these turbines.

“It is unconscionable for a family that has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their home that they have lived in for years to be forced to move because an industrial wind tower is built nearby,” Lasee said in a statement. “Or wish that they could move and just can’t afford it.”

Lasee said he urges the Public Service Commission, a body which oversees telecommunications and energy industry in the state, to complete an Environmental Impact Statement, which could discern whether the wind turbines are harmful to residents and if side effects such as dizziness and nausea exist.

The commission “deliberately hide[s]” important information and lies to the public to cover up these detrimental effects of living too close to wind farms, according to Lasee.

“It is unfortunate that once again, bureaucrats within the PSC have chosen to ignore real problems of real people in the interest of continuing to protect an industry that is subsidized by taxpayers and electric users through higher utility rates,” Lasee said in a March 18 statement.

When Lasee proposes his bill, residents would be able to retaliate legally for any negative personal issues the turbines may have caused them, according to the statement.   Continue reading, here….

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