Ontario MOH’s stance on turbines a concern – Owen Sound Sun Times
In a Dec. 9 letter in support of wind farms, Dr. Arlene King implies that : 1) the European World Health Organization (WHO) night-time noise standard of less than 40 dB at the nearest residence is protective of human health, and, 2) the absence of scientific evidence causally linking wind turbine noise to adverse health effects means that there are no effects.
1) In Ontario the relevant law is a prohibition of noise emissions that cause or may cause an adverse effect, including: “harm or material discomfort to any person; an adverse effect on the health of any person; and, loss of enjoyment of normal use of property”. (Ontario Environmental Protection Act paragraphs 1, 14).
The European WHO 40 dB guideline is irrelevant in Ontario.
2) Even if there were no scientific evidence causally linking turbine noise to adverse effects, it would not follow that there is no effect. It would mean only that no effect has been measured and causally linked.
Implying that absence of proof of an adverse effect means that there is no effect is a bit like the tobacco companies of the 1950s insisting that their products were safe because “there is no scientific evidence proving that smoking cigarettes is harmful.”
The Ontario medical officer of health is a civil servant charged with protection of the health of all Ontarians.
Should we be worried that Dr. King sounds like a talking head from the tobacco companies?
Craig Gammie Sauble Beach