HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2841        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2473

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sarah K. Peake

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying resolve:

Resolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from land based wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

1/20/2017

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

 

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

 

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

 

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

 

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

 

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

 

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

 

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

 

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

 

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2841        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2473

By Ms. Peake of Provincetown, a petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 2473) of Sarah K. Peake and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the health impacts from land based wind turbines.  Public Health.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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Resolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from land based wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

 

Resolved, there shall be a special commission to investigate and study the incidence and impacts in the commonwealth of adverse health impacts from land based wind turbines.

The commission shall consist of 19 members: 1 member of the senate appointed by the senate president, 1 member of the senate appointed by the senate minority leader; 1 member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, 1 member of the house of representatives appointed by the house minority leader; the commissioner of the department of public health or a designee; the commissioner of the division of health care finance and policy or a designee; the director of the state laboratory institute or a designee; the state epidemiologist or a designee; 8 members appointed by the governor as follows: one shall be a physician who has written a peer-reviewed journal article in an internationally recognized journal on the effects of industrial land based wind turbines on sleep and health; one shall be a NIH researcher with a PhD specializing in the field of otolaryngology; two who are physicians considered experts in the treatment or research of adverse health impacts of land based wind turbines; two members of local boards of health from different regions of the commonwealth where industrial land based wind turbines are sited and complaints of adverse health impacts have been registered with local officials in those communities; one member of the executive committee from the wind energy advocacy organization Wind Wise-Massachusetts; one member of the board from the wind energy advocacy organization Wind Wise – Cape Cod; and 3 members of the public who live within 5,000 feet of an operating land based wind turbine and who have registered health-related complaints with his or her local officials, one of each to be appointed by the regional planning agencies of Barnstable, Berkshire and southeastern Massachusetts.

Said study shall include, but not be limited to, a cost-benefit analysis of: (i) conducting a land based wind turbine adverse health impacts public health clinical screening study in high risk regions; (ii) developing educational materials and training resources for detecting signs and symptoms of adverse health impacts and illnesses in at risk populations including school-aged populations, to be used by clinical providers and school health personnel; (iii) statewide surveillance and testing for adverse health impacts in the proximity of land based wind turbines, and (iv) educating the medical community about research on all aspects of adverse health impacts of land based wind turbines, both acute and chronic. The commission shall also investigate the availability of grants and federal funds for the study of adverse health impacts from land based wind turbines to determine if future action is feasible and warranted to support adverse health impacts from land based wind turbines research in the commonwealth.

Said commission shall report to the senate and house of representatives the results of its investigation and study, together with drafts of legislation, if any, necessary to carry its recommendations into effect, by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, who shall forward the same to the joint committee on public health and the house and senate committees on ways and means by May 1, 2018.