They will receive 128,000 euros in compensation. A couple of Belgians living in Fontrieu, in the Tarn, has just won their case against two companies operating wind turbines. They were condemned by the Toulouse Court of Appeal, on November 6, to compensate these residents who suffered from wind turbine syndrome, reports France 3. Christel and Luc lived in fact 700 meters from the installations, that is to say 200 meters more than the minimum distance. A situation that had a heavy impact on their health.
On RTL, the couple testify to the ordeal they endured for more than two years, between 2013 and 2015, until they left their home. “Each time the blade passes in front of the mast, there is an air compression which makes this noise. It’s disturbing because it’s regular and it never stops”, explains Christel. A noise that causes significant suffering: “These are the flashes, audible noises and non-audible noises at low frequencies” which cause the couple headaches and discomfort.
“We have to get out”
“At first, you don’t understand, you say to yourself: well, I don’t feel good. You tell yourself that it will be better tomorrow!”, Details Christel. Then, over time, “you have dizziness, you sleep badly. You no longer sleep. You have tinnitus to the point of falling out,” says the Belgian while she and her husband are admitted to the emergency room. “This is where you say to yourself ‘stop, we have to get out of here’. We can’t take it anymore.” In 2015, the couple was thus forced to leave and rent a house 17 km from their place of residence, bought in 2004, well before the installation of the wind turbines in 2008 and 2009.
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According to the experts, cited by France 3, the wind syndrome is a reality. The judgment obtained by the Belgian couple could thus set a precedent and other residents, suffering from the same illness, could in turn take legal action to obtain compensation for the inconvenience caused by these facilities.