Wind turbines may supply power without pollution but they are also generating complaints about noise and even possible health effects for people who live near them.
Dan Williams says the 240-foot-tall turbines he can see from his hilltop home near Boardman in Eastern Oregon make so much noise they keep him awake at night.
Williams is among neighbors along Highway 74 demanding that Morrow County enforce state noise regulations on the Willow Creek Wind Energy Project or revoke its land-use permit.
The 40-year-old construction contractor told The Oregonian newspaper in Portland that wind-energy companies downplay the noise.
"They said this is going to be about as loud as your refrigerator in your house, which is a crock," he said.
....Other critics, including some in Oregon, cite work by a New York doctor who coined the term "wind turbine syndrome" to describe effects such as headaches, dizziness and memory loss of living near the machines.
"This thing is not rare," Dr. Nina Pierpont of Malone, N.Y., said of the syndrome.
....another resident of the area, Mike Eaton, agrees with Williams and other neighbors who complain about the noise and vibrations from the turbines.
The retired 61-year-old furniture maker said the turbines give him nausea by aggravating inner-ear and balance problems he's had since a 1966-67 tour in Vietnam subjected him to the constant pounding of an Army 155-mm artillery piece.
"I cannot live where I'm living now with these decibels and vibrations," he said.