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Mass. Expert Panel Sees No Serious Health Risks From Wind Turbines

BOSTON (AP) — A panel of experts appointed by the state says wind turbines do not pose serious health risks for nearby residents.

But the report issued Tuesday said it's possible — though not proven — that noise from some wind turbines could cause sleep disruption.

The panel of independent physicians and scientists was formed by the Massachusetts departments of public health and environmental protection last spring.

The report found no scientific evidence that low frequency sound from wind turbines affects the inner ear system and balance. It also said the "weight of evidence" didn't find any links between the turbines and diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and migraine headaches.

A statewide group called last year for a statewide moratorium on construction of industrial wind turbines until potential health effects were studied.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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