Letter To Senator Hirono- Turbines Impact on Children

Let’s Talk Turbines!


Hi Senator Hirono,
You probably donʻt remember me but I will always remember your kindness. I wrote to you in 2008 and told you how I was one of very few LDS Democrats in Laie (Iʻm in Kahuku now, thereʻs a few more of us. haha), and I asked for a ticket to President Obamaʻs first Inauguration. You gave one to me and that day, with those speeches and performances, turned out to be a powerful life changing experience for me. Thank you, again.
Iʻm writing to ask for your help once again. Kahukuʻs children are at serious risk with the potential installation of more wind turbines. The research is clear and I wondered if you would take a moment to read the facts below and call me about this issue. Iʻm so very concerned and I believe that if Governor Abercrombie really knew the risks, he would not be supportive of this additional project. Below are just a few facts about the risks of having wind turbines in our community:

*40% of children who have Autism are hypersensitive to low-frequency noise produced by wind turbines. This “noise” will negatively affect children with autism, ADAD, those who are vulnerable to seizures, and other children and adults who have low tolerance to low frequency noise. (Steigler and Davis 2010).

*Stansfeld and Matheson (2003) note, “It is likely that children represent a group which is particularly vulnerable to the non-auditory (low frequency noise from wind turbines) health effects of noise … In view of the fact that children are still developing both physically and cognitively, there is a possible risk that exposure to an environmental stressor such as noise may have irreversible negative consequences for this group.”

The College of Family Physicians of Canada published an article on adverse health effects of wind energy facilities on May 2013. In the words of behavioral pediatrician Dr. Chrystella Calvert, from Dundas,Ontario, concerning children with developmental and mental health problems,
“noxious stimuli or unexpected, or unnatural stimuli, are a source of environmental stress that affect the human brain and mounts a physiological response to restabilize.”

I would like an injunction to stop current work on the additional wind turbines in Kahuku. The Nevada State Supreme Court put a stop to construction citing similar reasons stated above. I believe Hawaii can too. Please let me know if youʻd like a more detailed fact sheet including property values (drops 28%), solar saturation, environmental and cultural impacts, and impact on health in general. We also just started a facebook group called, “Mothers Against Industrial Turbines in Kahuku,” if you would like more information. Thank you for all the work you do, Senator. I hope to hear from you soon.
Best Wishes and Aloha,
Elizabeth J. Rago-Ka`ili

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