4/22/08 Can You Solve the Mystery? Why Does The State of Wisconsin say it's safe to live 1000 feet from a 40 story turbine? What does the instruction book that came with the turbine say?
THE MYSTERY OF THE 1000 FOOT SETBACK!
Where did it come from?
Although the state of Wisconsin says bringing up your kids 1000 feet from a 40 story turbine is safe, a handbook of Safety Regulations for Industrial Wind Turbine Operators and Technicians says this:
"Do not stay within a radius of 400m (1300ft) from the turbine unless it is necessary.
If you have to inspect an operating turbine from the ground, do not stay under the rotor plane but observe the rotor from the front.
Make sure that children do not stay by or play near the turbine."
(from Vestas Safety Regulations for Operators and Technicians: V90-3.0MW / V100-2.75MW, page 3) (Click here to read original document) (The Vestas turbines are almost identical to the Acciona turbines being proposed for Rock County)
BUCKY WANTS TO KNOW!
Why does the state of Wisconsin believe it is safe for our kids to live 1000 feet from these things when even the turbine manufacturer says to stay at least 1300 feet away unless it is necessary? An open records request revealed the state can't produce a single document that supports the safety of the 1000 foot set back.
So what is the answer to the mystery of Wisconsin's 1000 foot setback?
Why not contact your legislator and ask for a clue?
They want to hear from you!