Thursday April 25, 2013

MONTPELIER -- A lobbyist for an industry group supporting wind power has apologized to a Vermont Senate committee after a witness she brought in called health concerns connected with wind power "hoo-hah," nonsense and propaganda.

Gabrielle Stebbins of Renewable Energy Vermont called the remarks of acoustics expert Geoff Levanthall unhelpful for the debate and offered an apology to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee after Leventhall testified by phone from England.

Leventhall dismissed concerns voiced to the committee by two Vermont doctors and a Sheffield resident who said she and her family have suffered severe health problems since large-scale wind power turbines began operation near their home.

Committee Chairwoman Claire Ayer says she has no specific legislation in mind as of now, and just wanted an overview of the issues.