Hansen, Zajamsek, Hansen, Noise Monitoring, Waterloo Wind Farm

is-wall-insulation-an-effective-way-to-block-out-low-frequency-noiseKristy Hansen, Branko Zajamsek and Colin Hansen, School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Adelaide May 26, 2014 Waubra Foundation
This report by the above authors describes the results of their concurrent full spectrum acoustic monitoring conducted at a number of homes located between 2 km out to nearly 10km from the Waterloo Wind Development. This monitoring was independent of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA) and was requested by Mrs Mary Morris and other concerned residents in the Waterloo district. The monitoring occurred during the period of the South Australian EPA Acoustic Survey, conducted in mid 2013.

The results in this independent survey as well as the conclusions are in marked contrast to the results and conclusions of the SA EPA Acoustic Survey report, and reinforce the Waubra Foundation’s opinion expressed at the time the initial SA EPA report was released that there were serious problems with the methodology used by the SA EPA in its acoustic survey at Waterloo. This report provides further evidence that the current SA EPA Wind Farm Noise Guidelines do not protect the health and sleep of the neighbours to these wind developments, out to nearly 10km from the closest wind turbine, because they do not regulate the acoustic emissions to protect health, and most importantly, the sleep of the neighbours.

Emeritus Professor Colin Hansen has advised that he sent the report to the EPA, requesting their comment. To date, three months later (19th August, 2014) no comment or feedback has been received by the Adelaide University researchers from the SA EPA responsible public officials.

Extract from the Conclusions:
“Therefore, the results show that there is a low frequency noise problem associated with the Waterloo wind farm. Therefore, it is extremely important that further investigation is carried out at this wind farm in order to determine the source of the low frequency noise and to develop mitigation technologies. In addition, further research is necessary to establish the long‐term effects of low frequency noise and infrasound on the residents at Waterloo. This research should include health monitoring and sleep studies with simultaneous noise and vibration measurements.” Read article

How do wind turbines affect human health?

sICK2By Steffanie Petroni, Northern Hoot
During the1930’s the public began expressing concerns about smoking referencing a persistent smoker’s cough or smoker’s hack. When the tobacco companies caught wind of the grumblings they concocted a pre-emptive marketing campaign. Who was more trusted than doctors on the matter of health? Tobacco companies like Lucky Strike and Camels enlisted the reassuring image of doctors, though most were actors, to endorse the ‘throat soothing’ qualities and preferred smooth taste of a particular brand.

In the 1940’s and 1950’s tobacco companies applied a different spin to their advertising. While some pitched that their cigarettes weren’t harmful, other brands claimed to be less harmful. Around this time physicians were aware of the addictive quality of cigarettes but weren’t convinced that there was a direct causal factor between smoking and disease.

It was in 1964 when the United States Surgeon General issued the first report of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. Their findings concluded- over thirty years after the public first began ringing alarm bells, that there was certainly a direct link between smoking and lung cancer and bronchitis. Read article

Dr. Arline Bronzaft: wind turbine noise

Arline Bronzaft, PhD, speaking to Vermont Public Service Board’s third sound standard investigation workshop, Montpelier, Vermont, July 29, 2014.

Our vision here today is to expose the corruption, to expose the injustice

6883422-corruption-in-the-government-in-a-corrupt-systemBy Megan Stacey, The London Free Press
Emotions are running high at the opening day of an Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearing to determine the fate of a wind turbine project by NextEra Energy in Lambton and Middlesex Counties. Community members and the County of Lambton are facing off against the Ontario Environment Ministry and NextEra Energy over the Jericho Wind Energy Project, which would bring 92 turbines to the region.

An opening statement by resident Muriel Allingham, who is appealing the provincial ministry’s approval of the Jericho project alongside several other community members, attacked NextEra as greedy. In order to overturn the province’s approval of the Jericho Wind Project, Allingham and the County of Lambton must prove it will cause severe harm to humans or the environment.

The first presenter of the day, Elizabeth Bellavance, a local community and social justice advocate, urged the tribunal to consider the injustice of the requirement. In any project other than renewable energy where products like wind and vibration are released into the environment, showing “adverse effects” is enough to halt their use.

The community’s case against NextEra is virtually non-existent without the testimony of Sarah Hornblower, a local woman and mother who would have been a key witness in the hearing. The tribunal denied a summons for Hornblower late Wednesday afternoon. read article

Incase you want to hear what Sarah Hornblower said last year before she signed her gag agreement, see the video below. (Now why wouldn’t the ERT want to hear about this? And why would both NextEra and Suncor fight so hard to have her silenced too?)

Environmental tribunal to hear arguments Tuesday about potential witness

sarah hornblowerPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
The question of whether or not a mother of three autistic children will be called to testify at an appeal of Ontario’s environmental approval of a 92-turbine wind farm in Lambton County is set to be argued Tuesday in Parkhill. A summons for Sarah Hornblower to testify at Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal hearings into an appeal of the Environment Ministry’s renewable energy approval for NextEra Energy’s Jericho Wind Energy project is the subject of a preliminary hearing Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the North Middlesex Community Centre.

The summons was issued by Sylvan resident Bob Lewis, who is appealing the ministry’s approval for the wind project. Lewis is being assisted by Lambton Shores resident Marcelle Brooks who declined Monday to comment on details of the summons, but said, “The hearing tomorrow is going to be quite unique, because I don’t believe anyone has ever summoned a witness who has been gagged.”

Last week, Brooks said they had summoned a witness who had agreements with wind companies. Hornblower, who lives with her family on Ridge Road in Lambton Shores, spoke in public in the past about her concerns that wind turbines planned for the community could impact three of her children who have been diagnosed with autism. Read article

Callous Ontario Liberals ignore wind power’s victims

IMG_0899Sun News, Jerry Agar
It is heart wrenching to see and feel the pain of fellow Ontarians breaking down in tears as they explain how the Liberal government drove them from their homes. But to understand how cold and callous our current political leadership is in this province, you need to experience it.

Rebecca Thompson’s documentary, Down Wind: How Ontario’s Green Dream Turned into a Nightmare (Surge Media Productions), airs on Sun News Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. It is a story of reckless, agenda-driven politics resulting in shattered lives. The Ontario Liberal government’s Green Energy Act isn’t just an economic failure; it is an act of brutal indifference to the human cost of politics.

A cost ignored by people living far from the thump of the giant wind turbines, secure in their downtown Toronto homes and politically correct theories; a safe distance from places like Ripley, Clear Creek and Lucknow, Ontario. Many may not care – worshiping as they do at the altar of so-called green energy – that the jobs promised by the Liberals through their Green Energy Act were never delivered, while the cost of hydro skyrocketed. But the human cost should matter to us all. Read article

MOH Wind Study to be Published

Health_studies_before_WTBayshore Broadcasting, by Matt Villeneuve
(Grey Bruce)- The Wind Turbine Study completed by the Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health and Sudbury based researcher Doctor Ian Arra has been accepted for publication in an academic journal. Cuerus — a peer-reviewed journal managed by academics from Stanford University, the University of Chicago, John Hopkins, the American Medical Association — has accepted the document following an external review.

In an email, Doctor Arra says only minor adjustments will be made to the paper. MOH Doctor Hazel Lynn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the study was fairly comprehensive, prompting its submission for the peer-review process. Read article

David Michaud (Health Canada Study) testimony – Falconer LLP

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David Michaud Transcript

David Michaud Summary

Executive Summary
Dr. Michaud is a researcher with Health Canada. He is the principal investigator for a Health Canada study into the effects of noise generated by wind turbines on human beings.

Dr. Michaud was called as a witness before the Environmental Review Tribunal by counsel for communities and individuals affected by wind farm development in rural areas of Ontario. The primary finding elicited from Dr. Michaud’s testimony is that no studies have been completed in Canada on the dose-response relationship between noise generated by wind turbines and certain health effects. In particular, Dr. Michaud referred to a “knowledge gap” in respect of low frequency noise and infrasound generated by wind turbines. Dr. Michaud cited studies in other jurisdictions which lead him to conclude that there is credible scientific support for an association between noise generated by wind turbines and certain negative health effects.

Talk: Carmen Krogh, Harm from Wind Turbines

CarmenCarmen Krogh is presenting on the harm to health from turbine projects at the University of Waterloo – May 7th, 2014.  It is open to the public should you wish to attend.

Presentation: “Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades”
Speaker: Carmen Krogh
Date: Wed 7 May 2014. 3:30pm.
Place: DC1302 (Davis Center), University of Waterloo Continue reading

SpeakOut Ontario – Nikki Horton; Chatham-Kent Wind Turbines

“Nikki and her husband reside in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Their rural home is surrounded by IWTs. Her family, including two young boys, have suffered health, environmental, and economic problems associated with living near turbines.

Nikki’s property taxes have doubled since the renovations mentioned in this video, despite real estate agents saying her house is “unsellable” – she is currently taking action to resolve this property tax issue.

Nikki started a blog which has resulted in international conversations between victims suffering the same health problems. http://mywinddiary.blogspot.ca/

Wind Turbines and Autism – Sarah Hornblower

Wind Turbines proposed around Sarah Hornlower’s home: 92 NextEra turbines (Jericho Project), 44 Suncor turbines(Cedar Point Project).

One year anniversary of CAW/UNIFOR turbine

CAWThe Shoreline Beacon, by Wayne McGrath
We are approaching a dark anniversary of what I believe to a very bad and hurtful declaration pushed into our community by the combined forces of UNIFOR (CAW) and our own provincial government.

8,760 hours (one year) of suffering by members of this community should be considered a serious crime. The evidence is clear and precise. Industrial wind turbines project two levels of noise that effect certain people in a most horrid way. Currently, about 1,800 turbines are built and another 4,900 are planned to eventually total 6,736 turbines ruining rural Ontario. Within two weeks of the CAW turbine starting, 16 complaints had been made and that number kept increasing throughout the summer. If you used just 16 complaints for one turbine and multiply by 6,736 projected turbines, 108,000 Ontario citizens are and will become sick. The reality of actual facts makes this estimate very low.

When you know that Ontario produces more power than needed and the government has no intention of altering future turbine developments, you have to wonder where common sense disappeared to. Cronyism is thriving. One of the first companies to reap the windfall from turbine subsidies is now the president of the Liberal Party of Canada. This may partially explain why the CAW turbine, with no setback distance, was allowed to proceed despite the government’s own 550 m setback rule. Read article

WORLD SLEEP DAY 14th March – noise pollution is a form of child abuse

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Waubra Foundation Media Release

Today is “world sleep day”.

As Australian Sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs has said as part of the Australian Sleep Health Foundation’s event this year which is targeted at children “you need a good night’s sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good”.

Yet for an increasing number of children especially in rural areas, environmental noise pollution, especially low frequency noise, is intruding into their homes and bedrooms and making a good night’s sleep impossible for them, as well as their parents.

The Waubra Foundation is aware of children severely adversely impacted by penetrating low frequency noise from CSG compressors up at the Tara Gas field in Queensland, children affected by the noise from gas fired power station turbines in NSW and Victoria, open cut and underground mining noise and vibration in the Upper Hunter, near Orange, and in Western Australia, coal train noise in the Hunter Valley, and wind turbine noise at multiple wind developments in South Eastern Australia particularly.

When this noise occurs at night, in quiet rural environments, and involves a significant proportion of infrasound and low frequency noise, the industrial noise sources significantly disturb the children’s sleep and may cause a physiological stress reaction.

Where the parents of these children affected by noise have signed “good neighbour agreements” or have chosen to host wind turbines, the agreements prohibit the parents from complaining about the environmental noise and their child’s environmental sleep disorder if their child or children are adversely impacted. Continue reading

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Refuses to Follow Ontario Health Laws

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Wind Victims Ontario
Correspondence between Chatham Kent Public Health Unit and Mr. David Libby

To: Ms. Brown (CEO) / Chatham Kent Health Unit,
I have a health complaint that I have sent in for 3 years now. Why hasn’t my complaint been investigated?   David Libby

Mr. Libby,  your complaint has been received.  The position of the Public Health Unit has not changed since its review in 2008 and is consistent with the report of the Chief Medical Officer of Health  in 2010.  Lucy Brown

To: Ms. Brown,
Does the Chatham Kent Public Health Unit intend to follow the laws that it is regulated by?
Health Protection and Promotion Act Section 11
Complaint re health hazard related to occupational or environmental health
“Where a complaint is made to a board of health or a medical officer of health that a health hazard related to occupational or environmental health exists… , the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint”

Several months and several ‘reviewed in 2008 responses’ later:
Good morning Mr. Libby.  As indicated in previous correspondence the C-K Public Health Unit has not changed its position since its’ investigation and review in 2008 and this position has been communicated to you.  L Brown Read article

Throwing caution to the wind

Precautionary-PrincipleShelburne Free Press
Dear editor:
As a physician, I also share with Mayor MacIver of Amaranth concerns regarding health issues not only associated with industrial wind turbines but the 230 kv line that DWPI wishes to install. Actually many of these concerns were expressed in my brief to the Ministry of Environment last winter and subsequently to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) last fall regarding the DWPI project.

It defies reason that the provincial authorities have approved this project (and others) while there is an ongoing federal health study regarding possible adverse health affects of industrial wind turbines. As Mayor MacIver points out, there is ample evidence on the adverse health effects from the electromagnetic fields associated with high voltage lines.

Much of my presentation to the ERT last fall focused on the precautionary principle alluded to by Mayor MacIver. In Canada, we unfortunately have many examples of where the precautionary principle has been ignored. Last July, we witnessed an example with catastrophic consequences – Lac Magantic. The railway company involved allegedly made a special application to have only 1 person managing their freight trains (as a precaution, a minimum of 2 apparently had been legislated). It apparently was argued by the company lawyers that railway accidents are relatively rare and there was no scientific proof that reducing the size of the crew to one (1) would increase the probability of an accident. The guidelines respecting staffing levels of freight trains carrying hazardous materials have already been changed.

Yes, DWPI is storming ahead with construction. Yes, these turbines are being erected in a rural environment but it is a populated rural environment. Already there are other jurisdictions that have enacted residential setbacks that are multiples of what is legislated in Ontario as a result of appreciated concerns. The precautionary principle – is it not logical to have a moratorium on the installation of wind farms in Ontario until we have the results of the federal health study? Are we going to witness yet another example where harm will occur because the precautionary principle was ignored.

William S. Crysdale M.D.

Turbine appellant concerned about drinking water safety

well waterThe Post, Patrick Bales
WEST GREY – A West Grey man is appealing to the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) to overturn approval for a wind turbine project near Priceville. Leonard Van Den Bosch of the former Glenelg Township has appealed the MOE decision to the Environmental Review Tribunal.

In January, the ministry gave the go ahead to the 14-turbine East Durham Project, developed by NextEra Canada. Van Den Bosch, who was not available for comment, owns property in the direct vicinity of where the turbines are proposed to be erected. He currently does not live on the property full time, but it has been part of his family for a number of years and his plan is to retire there.

That’s what Joan Rawski and her husband did. The Rawskis moved from Kitchener to get away from city life. Soon after they settled on their hobby farm, they discovered they were living approximately 1km from the closest turbine proposed for the East Durham Project. Read article

Wrong to assume

New environmentalismWellington Times, Rick Conroy
The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are wrong. Ontario Nature. Nature Canada. Both wrong. Dr. Robert McMurtry is wrong. The South Shore Conservancy is wrong. So too is the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. Alvar, bird, butterfly, turtle and bat experts are all wrong. The municipality of Prince Edward is wrong. As are the majority of County residents who believed Crown Land at Ostrander Point should be preserved—rather than industrialized for the profit of one corporation.

And now we have learned that Ontario’s own Environmental Review Tribunal is wrong. A Toronto court has said so. This ought to keep Premier Kathleen Wynne up at night.

The Tribunal’s Robert Wright and Heather Gibbs spent more than 40 days hearing evidence, challenging testimony and witnesses and weighing competing claims. They began their task in a snowstorm in February; and delivered their decision on a hot July day last summer. Wright and Gibbs visited Ostrander Point. They walked around. They saw, with their own eyes, what was at stake. Read article

Quiet nights

nightWellington Times, Rick Conroy
It’s a simple plan. But it may be just the thing to slow down the epidemic of industrial wind turbines spreading across rural Ontario. Warren Howard is a councillor in the municipality of North Perth and lives in Listowel. He is a retired banker and understands bureaucratic processes better than most. He thinks he has come up with a way to thwart the provinces heavy handed Green Energy Act (GEA).

Howard’s plan is to create a bulletproof municipal bylaw that prohibits industrial noise in a rural area at night. That’s it. It sounds simple—and it is—but Howard has done his homework.

He has been working with municipal lawyer Kristi Ross. Together they have discovered that while the Green Energy Act took away virtually all the municipality’s tools to manage, control and oversee the construction of these massive structures in its community—it left intact provisions municipalities use to govern nuisance noise. Read article

MPP Anticipates Wind Study

health_canada_logo_01Bayshore Broadcasting, by Fadi Didi
The controversy surrounding the health effects of industrial wind turbines comes to a head this year when Health Canada releases their findings in later 2014. The Conservative MPP for Huron-Bruce says she expects the results will be in line with what she feels she has known all along.

Lisa Thompson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News she feels the Federal study will further suggest there are negative health implications associated with living near turbines. The Health Canada study is the first of it’s kind commissioned by the Federal Government. It was spurred by residents living near industrial wind projects reporting that the turbine noise was having an effect on their personal health. Read article

Do wind turbines have negative effects on health?

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Kincardine council first to sign on to municipal coalition to regulate noise from wind turbines

Chatham Kent wind turbines from Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay15By Steven Goetz, Kincardine News
Kincardine council is the first to officially pledge support and funds toward a proposed municipal coalition to draft and defend a noise nuisance bylaw regulating industrial wind turbines. The decision follows a presentation at the Jan. 9 council meeting from North Perth Councillor Warren Howard on behalf of a working group of local anti-wind activists and representatives from at least 21 municipalities.

The group proposes a coalition of municipalities to share the cost to draft a noise nuisance bylaw targeting wind turbines and to defend the bylaw in court against expected challenges from wind companies and the Ontario government.

The proposal relies on the legal opinion of a lawyer hired by local anti-wind group HALT, which says that powers in the Municipal Act related to “health, safety and well-being of persons” and to regulate “public nuisances” are unaffected by Ontario’s controversial Green Energy Act (GEA), which strips municipal zoning and planning powers related to renewable energy projects and has paved the way for dozens of large wind projects across the province. Read article

Samsung wind turbines being built 240m from Platinum Produce greenhouse

platinum produce greenhouseEllwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
Tim Verbeek has grown increasingly frustrated watching two wind turbines be constructed, despite the fact his family business has an appeal concerning the structures before the Environmental Review Tribunal.

A decision is expected Monday over the turbines, and Verbeek, whose family owns Platinum Produce greenhouse located south of Highway 401 on Communications Road, said it appears a concerted effort was made to get the two turbines erected before the decision is handed down. The turbines in question are part of the South Kent Wind Project, a joint venture of Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

Verbeek told The Chatham Daily News he findings it “coincidental” the two turbines that are in the appeal were built before others in the area. However, Pattern and Samsung are well within their rights to construct the turbines, said environmental lawyer Eric Gillespie, who is representing Platinum Produce in its appeal to the ERT. Gillespie said sometimes when an ERT appeal is launched, there is an automatic stop of the permit. “In this case, the Ontario government decided to let them go ahead anyway, even if there is an appeal,” he added.

But this isn’t the first time the lawyer has seen this happen. Gillespie, who represented the appellants that challenged the approval of the Kent Breeze Wind Farm near Thamesville in 2011, said Suncor Energy continued with construction of the project despite the matter being before the ERT. “This is where many people would say there is a major disconnect between the government and the people living where these projects are moving ahead,” he said. “The government has given an appeal right, but still allows wind companies to proceed as if there is no appeal,” Gillespie added. “That has been very difficult for many people to understand.” Read article

Review of scientific literature found adverse health effects

wolfe-islandSarina Observer
A Lambton citizens group is hopeful that recent scientific literature that documents health impacts from wind turbines will provide ammunition in its battle against a planned wind farm. The review of existing research literature was published in the winter edition of the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine and concludes turbines placed too close to homes “can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of people.”

The group We’re Against Industrial Turbines Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW) is now touting the results in its efforts to lobby against Suncor Energy’s plan to build up to 46 industrial wind turbines in rural Lambton County. The review also states there is sufficient evidence to support the conclusion that noise from industrial wind turbines “is a potential cause of health effects.” Ontario requires wind turbines be built at least 550 metres back from neighbours, but opponents argue that’s too close. The Town of Plympton-Wyoming has a bylaw, being challenged in court by Suncor, calling for a 2-km setback for wind turbines.

“Our conclusions are finding, based on all the evidence we’ve collected and reviews we’ve done of the material, some genuinely do suffer adverse health effects,” said Carman Krogh, one of the article’s co-authors. Read article

Why MOH was asked to resign: read her wind turbine report

Dr._PellizzariHere’s why Cavan Monaghan council was right ticked off with their medical officer of health.

Frosty welcome for Medical officer of health

Medical-SymbolBy Galen Eagle, Peterborough Examiner
MILLBROOK – Medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Pellizzari got a frosty reception from Cavan Monaghan Township council Tuesday after presenting a health unit report on the human impact of renewable energy projects such as wind turbines. The Peterborough County-City Health Unit report said high carbon dioxide producing energy forms such as coal have far greater adverse health effects on Ontarians as do renewable energy sources.

While there has been some evidence of health concerns for those living in proximity to industrial wind turbines, and there are two major studies on such impacts currently underway, the current provincial setbacks of 550 metres are reasonable, the report states. That message didn’t exactly sit well with a council that is trying to prevent wind turbines in its township and has long been critical of the province’s Green Energy Act.

“The Green Energy Act as far as I’m concerned is a farce,” Coun. Tim Belch said. “The government and the health unit as a mouthpiece for the government, as far as I’m concerned, is selling us a bill of goods that is complete nonsense.” Pellizzari politely took exception to being called a government mouthpiece. Read article

Johnston testifies about living near industrial wind turbines

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Stephana Johnston, an 82-year-old former health educator, of Norfolk County, told her story of suffering from health problems she believes were caused by living near industrial wind turbines. Speaking by teleconference at the Environmental Review Tribunal appeal hearing, Friday morning (Jan. 10) in Kincardine, Johnston said that the cyclical noise from wind turbines causes serious harm to human health, and that has been upheld in two court cases.

Danielle Meuleman, counsel for the director of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), objected, saying that the tribunal had directed all participants and presenters on what evidence was permissible at the hearing. Chairperson Maureen Carter-Whitney reminded Johnston that post-turbine witnesses and presenters were allowed to speak only of their own personal circumstances, experiences, and symptoms, not other people’s unless they live in the same house.

She said they may also comment on publications they have read that caused concern, but those articles are not allowed into evidence. Also, post-turbine witnesses and presenters are not allowed to give opinions on articles and publications. Asha James, counsel for the appellants, Ken and Sharon Kroeplin of Kincardine, said that Johnston is not giving an opinion on the two court cases, but only referring to them. Read article

Wind turbine dispute leads to call for medical officer of health to resign

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CAVAN MONAGHAN TOWNSHIP — Dr. Rosana Pellizzari says there is no reason for her to resign despite a request by Cavan Monaghan Councillor Tim Belch at a meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 14). Dr. Pellizzari, local medical officer of health, spoke to township council regarding renewable energy and the impacts wind turbines have on health. The request for Dr. Pellizzari’s resignation came following her presentation where she stated there were no “causal links” to poor health from wind turbines based on current scientific evidence. Those findings were outlined in a 2010 report by Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario, that Dr. Pellizzari helped with.

But Coun. Belch doesn’t agree. He said evidence will undoubtedly be uncovered proving there is a link to health problems as a result of wind turbines. “Would you be willing to resign when they release information there are indirect links?” questioned Coun. Belch.

Dr. Pellizzari backed up her report saying at the time the scientific evidence showed no link between wind turbines and health problems, however she is willing to admit that, with many scientific findings, things change. “I have no reason to resign,” said Dr. Pellizzari after the meeting. Read article

University of Waterloo professor gives testimony at Armow Wind hearing

philip bigelowSaugeen Times
Dr. Philip Bigelow, a professor at the University of Waterloo, offered testimony about a study being done that connects sleep disturbance with wind turbines, at the Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in Kincardine. Speaking Friday afternoon (Jan. 10), Bigelow was led through his witness statement by Asha James, counsel for the appellants, Ken and Sharon Kroeplin, who launched an appeal against the Armow Wind industrial wind development, Oct. 23.

Bigelow is a professor with the university’s School of Public Health and Health Systems, and teaches risk assessment and public health epidemiology. Currently, he is working with the Ontario Research Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health, set up by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Among the research being done, said Bigelow, is a study on the potential health risks of wind turbines.

A pilot study was conducted in July, 2012, in Thamesville, Ontario, said Bigelow, and from that study, the research chair developed some scales, looking at the potential health effects of wind turbines. Further research is being done and the findings will come out with an internal review, he said, noting that one of the major hypotheses was that stress is an important thing to consider.

The pilot study is to be defended Jan. 28 and peer-reviewed, he said. Another ongoing study is registering biomarks – the cortisone levels in saliva and hair of people who live near wind turbines, said Bigelow. Other graduate students are researching the “lived experience” of those who reside near wind turbines, Bigelow said. “It’s all very complex stuff and quite challenging,” he added. Read article

A Commentary on Industrial Wind Energy Facilities Policy and Risk to Health

MOE district supervisor testifies at Armow Wind hearing

heather pollardSaugeen Times
Heather Pollard, district supervisor of the Owen Sound office of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), gave testimony at the Environmental Review Tribunal Thursday afternoon in Kincardine. Appearing by way of a summons, Pollard said she has been the supervisor of the Owen Sound office since 2004, and was a junior environmental officer and senior environmental officer prior to that.

She said there are currently seven wind projects in the Owen Sound district, and all were constructed prior to the Green Energy Act and the Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) process. Pollard said her office has received complaints about six of the seven wind projects, mostly related to wind turbine noise and health effects.

“People have indicated they are having sleep disturbance, headaches, nausea, vertigo, tinnitus – symptoms they attribute to the wind farm,” she said. “We can follow up on the noise complaints but we have no expertise with health effects.” Asha James, counsel for the appellants, Ken and Sharon Kroeplin, asked Pollard if any complaints came from post-turbine residents suffering from health effects at the Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm.

“Yes,” said Pollard.

“Do you know the number?” asked James.

“350 complaints,” said Pollard. Read article