Dr. Jay Singer, a professor of audiology at the University of Rhode Island, testified last week during a Charlestown Zoning Board public hearing on whether to allow Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC to erect two wind turbines. (Photo courtesy URI)
URI audiologist debunks theory of low frequency infrasound from wind turbines
CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Zoning Board
held a third public hearing last Wednesday night, June 19, and scheduled two more, as the zoning board determines whether to allow Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC
to erect two wind turbines in the town.
Nicholas Gorham, attorney for Whalerock, continued Whalerock's presentation, introducing expert witnesses Dr. Jay Singer, a professor of audiology at the University of Rhode Island, and Michael Lenihan, a licensed real estate broker and certified general appraiser with more than 40 years of experience.
testified to the noise the wind turbines produce and how they may affect residents living in the vicinity of the turbines.
At previous hearings, zoning board members have asked about infrasound, or low frequency sound, which is lower than 20 hertz, the "normal" limit of human hearing.
According to Singer
, infrasound is a "very rare sound" which does not occur in the environment "except under unusual circumstances" and is mostly produced in laboratories.