Monitor Your Health Near Wind Turbines

Sleep Summary 4-2 mile map

Monitor Your Health Near Existing Kahuku Wind Farm

The 2.5 MW Clipper turbine, currently in use at the Kahuku Wind Farm has been declared a public health hazard by a Wisconsin county where residents 4.2 miles away are adversely affected and low-frequency sound pulses are detected more than 6 miles away.  If you live within 6 miles of the Kahuku Wind Farm (Pipeline through Punaluu), it’s important for you to assess the extent to which the current smaller turbines are adversely affecting you.  And in preparation for the possible operation of the largest turbines on land in the US operating on Oahu, if you live anywhere on Oahu, it’s important for you to begin documenting your current health and quality of sleep.

There are already twelve 2.5 MW turbines 1,200 meters downwind from the town of Kahuku.  The Kahuku Wind Farm began testing wind turbines in January 2011, commercial operation began March 23, 2011.  On August 1, 2012, all but two of the turbines were shut down until February 13, 2014 after a fire burned the wind farm’s battery storage system.  Review your personal health records to look for initiation of ringing in your ears, headaches, high blood pressure, nausea, or psychological conditions during periods of operation of the 12 existing 2.5 MW wind turbines. 

Keep a daily journal – track the following on a scale of 0-5 – or if you can afford it, purchase and use a personal EEG (to track REM and deep sleep) or at least use a pulse rhythm wrist strap ($300 – Whoop, Apple watch, fitbit) to assess whether you are getting your 3 hours of REM and deep sleep (because these sleep phases are when the tau proteins and amyloud plaquest are cleared – buildup of these is linked to dementia.  I would like everyone to please note that litigation to get the turbines taken down could take 10 years, so it’s crucial that you move away or, if you stay, build an underground cellar or above-ground safe room to protect yourself during this 10-year period).  We are monitoring the wind turbine sound pressure levels and, in litigation discovery, with a subpoena, we will have access to the wind turbine power output to correlate with your journal/diary entries – so even if you don’t currently know if the turbines are on or off, this documentation is crucial for your protection):

0 (no),

2 (slight – but does not cause any change in behavior or attitude),

3 (moderate – small changes in behavior or attitude, there is a perceived reduction in quality of life but productivity and activity are not affected),

4 (Substantial/Disruptive: The sensation causes a material change in behavior or attitude, reduced interest in getting up in the morning, changes in productivity or activity because of the sensation, changes in schedule including a few hours of sick leave),

5 (Severe/Physically Harmful): Significant changes in behavior, psychological stress or physiological effects – debilitating, taking the day off from work, children taking the day off from school),

Tired? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) (was it hard to get up, or did you feel well-rested; do you feel leaden during the day; do you just make it through your day or are you bright-eyed and ready to go/have a good day);

Headache? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) (a few miles away, residents wake up with a headache when the turbines are on – often the headache goes away during the day or when they go to town to work (many Sunset Beach residents work downtown) – but some residents are disability retired and now losing their homes because of headaches.  At closer distances, like Turtle Bay, Kawailoa/Chuns/Laniakea/Kahuku, occupants get a headache after an hour of exposure even during the day);

Ringing in ears? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) if this is bothersome to you, how bad is it when you wake up each day – does it bother your daily activities (check your medical records – what year was your tinnitus diagnosis – this happens mostly with people who’ve worked around construction equipment, aircraft, worked in a shop with noise – people who have 10 dB of hearing loss in the very high frequency range on their audio gram);

Heart Palpitations? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) Did you have heart palpitations last night – are they more frequent than they used to be (these seem to get more frequent and longer-lasting as years of exposure drag on – unfortunately, sensitization to these wind turbine pressure pulses, occurs rather than habituation – please note these heart palpitations become dangerous when the heart rhythm is permanently altered);

Pressure in ears/ears popping? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) When you’re lying in bed are your ears popping when you’re not moving your jaw? (this seems to correspond to nights residents get only 30 minutes of REM sleep – if you feel this ear popping, it can help you decide you should find another location to sleep that night if you want to get REM sleep).

Vertigo, dizziness, motion-sickness? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) This occurs within about a mile of the turbines.  (If you are feeling this at your home, please move away for the next 10 years while this is resolved – the existing turbines will be decommissioned in 11 years and litigation for the new turbines would take about 10 years);

Feeling of fullness or pressure in your head? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5) (This often corresponds with ears popping without you moving your jaw a few miles from the turbines – when it’s worse, it feels like a headache – neurologists tell me they are migraines, regardless of the pain level – even if it’s a dull pain, associated with neck stiffness, it’s still apparently classified as a migraine.)

Dementia:  During two periods last year when the Kahuku turbines were shut down for three weeks, I noticed the forgetfulness I’ve developed (not remembering why I went into a room, forgetting thoughts I had in my work unless I wrote them down, not being as able to think clearly), that I thought was just from aging, went away and my head felt clear.  Memory and learning are affected by lack of REM and deep sleep (so if you are not getting the normal three hours of REM and deep sleep, and dementia is affecting your ability to function normally, write it down).

Also note:  Did you dream – particularly note nights you had a lot of dreams – when only a few of the Kahuku turbines were operating New Years – January 25, Sunset Beach residents noticed they had a lot of dreams which (presumably because of the wind farm) is unusual for residents within three miles of the wind farm.

 If you have children, track the following additional questions:

Children Tired? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Children’s behavior? (0, 2, 3, 4, 5)

 Other:__________ 0-5 (fill in the blank spot for people to add their own symptom to track)

Also note the following:

How Many Hours Were You In Bed, Trying to Sleep: 0-10?

Did you have difficulty falling asleep, getting back to sleep, or premature awakening? Yes/No

Did you leave your home or workplace to seek relief from one or more of these sensations:  Yes/No

Note to All Residents:  Please monitor your blood pressure at home and if you detect high blood pressure, please ask your doctor to confirm it with 24-hour blood pressure monitoring when the wind turbines are on.

Tip:  My neighbor recommended monitoring your sleep with a Whoop ($15-$30/month heart rate monitor wristband) or Fitbit Versa 2.  I’m interested in seeing why I sleep the whole night and wake up tired when the turbines are on – it would be interesting to see if I’m not getting REM sleep.

April – November Turbines are required to be off at night to protect bats when wind speed is less than 5 meters/second (11 mph) – Starting December 1, the turbines can be on all night even at the low wind speeds.  Low-frequency sound increases with wind turbine power output (power output increases with increasing wind speed).  The best weather station to assess wind speed at both wind farms is the weather station at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge by clicking Daily Summary (and viewing the current and previous day) at either Mesowest, Kii weather station or  https://raws.dri.edu/cgi-bin/rawMAIN.pl?hiHKII

Note:  Kahuku Wind Farm often has their wind turbines stand silent/motionless as dawn breaks after nights when most of the turbines were on full-blast all night.  Consider changing your schedule to go to work late so you can always be in bed for this 6:30 am to around 7:30 am period of shut-down.  My impression is they are doing this to make it harder for you to realize the reason you feel exhausted when you wake up is the turbines.

If you find the current wind turbines have affected your health, send confidential health information to: webmail@doh.hawaii.gov

To inform the November 22, 2019, hearing about Na Pua Makani Wind Farm, send general (not confidential – confidentiality will be voided as ‘litigation’ progresses) information about effects the current smaller turbines have to you to  PUC.comments@hawaii.gov and CC: savekahuku@gmail.com Subject: Docket # 2013-0423 (the Na Pua docket number).

 

More Information About What to Expect:

Here’s the simplest graph I can find showing what decibel level of wind turbine low-frequency sound impulses cause humans to say they are severely impacted (“5”, severe impact, red squares, and “2”, blue squares is reported slight effects that don’t impact behavior).  This graph is from a study of homes within 1,600 meters of turbines, Cape Bridgewater, Australia).

 

Wind Turbine Low-Frequency Sound Human Impacts Graph Cape BridgewaterKahuku is currently experiencing 63 dB of 8 Hz sound from the 2.5 MW turbines (and the Na Pua Makani turbines would cause 8 Hz 83 dB – 83 dB is not even on this graph, it’s so high). Sunset Beach, Pupukea, and Haleiwa town are currently exposed to 45-50 dB of 8 Hz sound (when the surf swell is 50 dB, it’s additive, since decibels are a log scale, 50 dB turbine pulse on top of a 50 dB swell = 55 dB pulses).  Kawailoa/Chuns/Laniakea and Pupukea Foodland area are exposed to levels somewhere in between.  Na Pua Makani would increase sound pressure pulse levels everywhere but we don’t know by how much because these large turbines have not yet been measured anywhere in the world (by anyone willing to provide the data).

Don’t forget the rule of thumb for sound – an increase of 6 dB is a doubling of perceived sound level.

I’ve read you can block 16 dB of 3 Hz sound with 7.6 inches of wet sand (red clay soil does not block nearly as well as wet sand); you can block 40 dB of 3 Hz sound with 1 meter of wet (27%) sand, like the 1 cubic yard sandbags at Lowes. Don’t forget most of the sound is coming from above – so the sandbags need to be on the roof and on the sides of the structure facing the turbines (a very sturdy 10×12 structure that can hold 10-20 tons on the roof) . Because pressure pulses like this eddy behind the sandbags, you’ll need to sandbag all sides and have a very heavy door (lead sheet 1/16th inch thick is the same mass as 5/8 sheet rock – you can laminate layers of lead sheeting sandwiched between layers of 3/4 plywood – see the soundproofing page we’ll keep updated as we work on our own safe room project here at Sunset.  Because the existing turbines are scheduled to be removed in 2031 and 2032, the safe room will only be needed temporarily.  We assume that now that the health effects are known to the public, the existing turbines will be required to shut down before their scheduled decommissioning dates:

Sunset Beach night shutdown and 5 mi setback 2020 letter