Minneapolis taps MPCA head to be city coordinator

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 1, 2012 - 7:53 PM

Paul Aasen, commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, was on a Republican "watch list" of Dayton appointees at the Legislature.

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kingjulienMay. 3, 12 9:22 AM

Commissioner Aasen was kind enough to speak to me about industrial wind turbine noise. He confirmed what citizens already know: MN does not have a noise standard designed to measure turbine noise. Yet that is the basis for deciding how far a turbine is from your home. After our discussion, Mr. Aasen never got back to me as he promised he would. Nor did he return phone calls or emials. Apparently the truth was politically inconvenient to him and Governor Dayton. Good luck Minneapolis.

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teapotsMay. 3, 1212:38 PM

The MPCA has noise standards for automobiles, snowmobiles and airplanes. However, it does NOT have noise standards for wind turbines. We here in Goodhue County (SE MN) has asked that legislation be addressed toward the noise of wind turbines, and more specifically the low-frequency, inaudible noise of wind turbines. As these 400-foot industrial wind turbines are now being sited closer to homes in densely populated areas, these issues are even more critical. I hope the next appointed MPCA Commissioner is willing to tackle these issues.

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junifer15May. 3, 12 1:44 PM

So we don't have a way to measure wind turbine "noise" but we apply a standard that doesn't actually apply and call it what? Good enough? Bats are mammals. Bats suffer barotrauma and the bones in their wings break because of the pressure and "noise" from wind turbines. Bats are mammals. Humans are mammals. We are larger so body mass protects but the cumulative effect of low frequency, impulsive, infrasound cannot be good. If I'm not mistaken, the US military uses infrasound and low frequency "noise" as a directional weapons system. If this is used as a weapons system there must be studies that show the thresholds where human beings begin to feel the effects. (We no doubt tested this on soldiers in some theatre of battle.) Why in the world aren't the bureaucrats in the capital taking this more seriously? Perhaps it's because they don't live near any of these things. Perhaps this individual will be interested in performing their job: which is to protect the public from hazards associated with noise, not protect an industry that is less about energy and more about subsidies.

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