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Fond du Lac County residents plan to keep fighting wind farm (UPDATE)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Opponents of a large wind farm in Fond du Lac County plan to continue raising health concerns about the development, despite a new state study showing no conclusive ill effects on residents who live near the turbines.

The findings compiled by the Public Service Commission were presented at a recent Fond du Lac County Board of Health meeting, USA Today Network-Wisconsin reported.

The report doesn’t sit well with neighbors of the 88-acre We Energies wind farm in Calumet and Marshfield townships. Members of the Concerned Citizens of Fond du Lac County, a group of citizens who live near the site, claim they suffer from chronic illness due to the constant, low-frequency noise produced by the turbines.

“We will continue to fight this,” said Joan Lagerman, who’s trying to shut down a turbine near her home in Malone.

But Fond du Lac Public Health Officer Kim Mueller, who presented the findings, said there’s no evidence that the turbines cause human health problems.

“I have been stating this for three years, but it’s difficult because we are dealing with people’s feelings,” Mueller said. “I can’t make an appropriate decision with the information we have and it can’t be my decision. It needs to be made at a higher level.”

On Monday night, six members of the Concerned Citizens group attended a listening session held by state Rep. Jeremy Theisfeldt to address the health issues that the neighbors believe are caused by the wind turbines.

“What we (the county leaders) are mostly bothered with is the fact that there are people who are sick about this,” Theisfeldt said. “I mean that physically.”

State Rep. Jeremy Theisfeldt said he plans to push for a scientific study “to get some solid evidence.”

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