By Pat Halpin, Special to The Kindardine News
BRUCE COUNTY is still pushing for research on the health impacts of wind turbines.
On Thursday the Agriculture, Tourism and Planning committee recommended support of resolutions from Grey County, Grey Bruce Public Health and Kawartha Lakes all calling for investigation into reports of adverse health effects reported by people living near turbines.
All levels of government are under pressure over reports of those adverse health affects, said Warden Mike Smith. He wants a definitive study to determine if the reports are legitimate.
“There’s some question out in the community that there is some health effect to (turbines) in certain conditions,” Smith said. “What we want is some clarification about if they’re legitimate and if it is it might perhaps affect how we site (turbines) or how we locate them.”
That could mean a need for new rules on where and how turbines are located.
There are already a number of health studies on turbines, but Smith said Bruce County is looking for a more comprehensive study based on broad research.
The province has indicated it’s prepared to look for answers.
“In certain cases there seems to be legitimate complaints. It would be nice to answer that question. I think that’s really all we’re asking. Let’s do this definitively,” Smith said. “Perhaps we can say where (turbines) should be sited and where they shouldn’t be
A definitive health study is important, Smith said, because the province is pressing ahead with turbine deals under the Green Energy Act.