Residents Against Triton Knoll Substation

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Posted by Residents Against Triton Knoll Substation on September 13, 2010 at 7:55 PM 2083 Views

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Reply Very Concerned
11:51 AM on September 16, 2010 
In reply to Concerned's 2nd post:
This particular substation would emit a constant 100 Hz hum. Low frequency noise such as this is known to cause sufferers effects such as stress, fatigue, headache, disturbed sleep, nausea, unease, irritation, physical & mental illness.;year=200

In RWE's consultation questionnaires it states that their investigations show that the substation may be heard up to 400m from the site, however in the local landscape some sounds can carry at least 6 miles. In any case, there are plenty of homes and businesses within 400m of all three proposed sites.

Then there is the issue of EMFs (electro & magnetic fields) and their link to childhood leukaemia and Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.

REVOLT newsletter 279 (September 2009) reports. 'Two appeals for schemes on the same south-west London site have been rejected on the basis of the potential harmful impact associated with an electricity substation.' 'Both schemes involved repositioning an electricity substation. Two local residents highlighted that it would then be in close proximity to their daughter's bedroom. They argued that low frequency EMFs could contribute towards childhood leukaemia. The fear of such effects was a material planning consideration, the inspector decided.'

Magnetic fields are generated by the equipment inside substations. They tend to drop away quite rapidly, and unlikely to be at the sort of level associated with health problems, unless the property is very close, or the substation is very powerful. However this proposed substation will be a 1200 Megawatt one, and one of the largest.

Power will then need to be transferred from the substation to the National Grid. If pylons are used to do this, they again have safety implications.

I wouldn't want to live near any of these structures.
Reply Very Concerned
9:50 AM on September 16, 2010 
In reply to Concerned's 1st post:
Yes, the Triton Knoll turbines will be out at sea, but there are also plans for land-based turbines and many more to follow. One land-owner wants 90 turbines. It is believed that if these go ahead then the on-shore substation going ahead could be more likely.

There may not be many humans out at sea, but there are dolphins and other creatures. On Wikipedia it says: Loud underwater noises, such as those resulting from naval sonar use, live firing exercises, or certain offshore construction projects, such as wind farms, may be harmful to dolphins, increasing stress, damaging hearing, and causing decompression sickness by forcing them to surface too quickly to escape the noise. For effects of offshore wind farms on marine life see also

Symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS) are claimed to be 'headaches, sleep disorders, internal pulsation, quivering, nervousness, fear, a compulsion to flee, chest tightness and tachycardia ? increased heart rate' according to an early report in The Independent. See

Wind turbines generate low levels of noise that can induce illness. Conventional sound engineers deny that sounds outside the hearing range of humans are harmful - something that is outright wrong as it is well-known that infrasound (frequencies lower than 20 Hz) can cause feelings of ?unwellness?. This effect has been documented with artificial sound and that produced by natural events. See

A testimony given by an epidemiologist who credited WTS as epidemiologically valid and that it is clear is there is a problem of some magnitude - see:

I don't think anyone is suggesting everyone would be susceptible to these problems, but how do you know you won't be one of the people who are? Personally, if there is any doubt, I'd rather not take that risk. I feel sorry for the people that don't want to live near turbines that might not get the choice. I used to be all for wind power and renewable energy, but that was before I heard about these other issues behind it. I think until we know more, turbines, pylons and substations should be sited far away from homes.
Reply Concerned
5:07 AM on September 16, 2010 
Also, what are the health risks that are claimed for substations? With respect, where is the evidence? There are substations of all sizes all over the country, including dozens in the centre of London. There's a huge substation built to accommodate the 2012 Olympic Games and no-one seems to worry about that.
Reply Concerned
5:01 AM on September 16, 2010 
What has this video got to do with the substation? I understand that all the turbines at Triton Knoll will be 20 miles out to sea. Who'll get a headache from those?