Health effects of wind farms are real — ask the victims

Belleville Intelligencer  

Gideon Forman has stated again that coal is killing about 250 people a year, but how does he substantiate that claim? Is there some sort of profound evidence that no one else is aware of that points the finger at a coal based death and not a death caused by other factors? How does one separate that? Continue reading

Medical Officer of Health Breaks Ranks with CMOH Dr. Arlene King

Owen Sound, August 17, 2010 – Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit has again broken ranks with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health over wind turbines.

On a local radio show today Dr. Lynn said she thinks all industrial wind turbine development should be stopped until more is known about their effect on human health.

Dr. Lynn was a contributing author of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath literature review called ‘The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines’ published in May of this year. Continue reading

Report from Australia – Pay Attention, Dr. Arlene King

Dr. Arlene King also ignored and dismissed evidence

An international federation has slammed a government report which claimed there was “no peer reviewed scientific evidence linking negative health affects with wind farms“.

by Leslie White  Weekly Times Now

The Dean Report by Noise Measurement Services found Waubra resident Noel Dean “has been and is currently adversely affected by the presence and activity of the Waubra wind farm”.

Mr Dean moved out of his house in May last year complaining of chronic headaches and ear damage. Continue reading

Wind turbines will pose certain health complications

Dr. Arlene King

The Dunnville Chronicle

Haldimand must join with the 58 municipalities throughout Ontario demanding a halt to industrial wind turbine developments until Queen’s Park states there is absolutely no link between wind turbines and adverse health effects among people who live near them.

Debilitating health problems, ranging from sleep deprivation to heart palpitations, can arise from the audible noise and vibrations produced by the spinning blades of the wind turbine. Continue reading

Epidemiologist testifies on wind turbine related health effects

Carl V. Phillips MPP, PhD, an Epidemiologist formerly from the University of Alberta School of Public Health provided this powerful testimony before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

Transcript:   Continue reading

Delay, Deny and Disappoint

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A Response to:  Chief Medical Officer of Health Report (CMOH) Ontario “The Potential Health Impacts of  Wind Turbines”

Toronto, ON-June 3, 2010 – In a strongly worded document released today, The Society for Wind Vigilance states that the CMOH Report: The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines “appears to be a government-convened attempt to justify unsound practices of wind turbine development while denying the adverse health effects reported by Ontario families”.

On its website it states, “The Society for Wind Vigilance expresses both its surprise and disappointment with the quality of the CMOH’s report. The victims deserve consideration not denial.”

Rather than calling for the development of authoritative setbacks and noise guidelines based on independent third party clinical research The Society says Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health decided to invest approximately seven months to produce a 14 page literature review with no original research.

According The Society for Wind Vigilance in its 55 page analysis of the literature review released on May 20 this year, the report contains multiple examples exhibiting a “deficient understanding of Ontario setback regulations and noise guidelines for wind turbines” and “displays selective bias”. Continue reading

Wind power must be weighed in several ways

Indeed, those people aren’t likely to give up, and shouldn’t, considering a significant but largely ignored aspect of King’s study. In her conclusion, she noted “a key data gap” exists in Ontario – that is, a comparison of sound levels at residential areas around wind turbines versus other rural and urban areas. That could lead to an assessment of the actual ambient noise levels prevalent in Ontario.

Owen Roberts, Guelph Mercury, 

The wait is over. Now, we’ve been officially told. In Ontario, wind turbines are not a health problem.

That’s the word from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health. Some people living within the vicinity of wind turbines have been reporting dizziness, headaches and sleep disturbance. The complaints prompted King’s office to conduct a review of previously published studies mainly from abroad, and current legislation here.

When she put them together, she concluded Ontario’s nearly 700 wind turbines are not making people sick. Continue reading

Ontario health, environment officials agree: on-the-ground sound measurement is needed near wind farms

Ontario Ministry of Environment officials confirmed this week that they do not have the capability to record or assess the noise near wind farms where noise complaints arise.

Acoustic Ecology Institute

Over the past week or so, two reports from Ontario have spurred a fair amount of notice and comment among those following wind development issues.  First, the provincial health office responded to the public’s concerns about health problems reported by some wind farm neighbors, framing its answer carefully and narrowly:  ”According to the scientific evidence, there isn’t any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects,” said Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, as reported by the Vancouver Sun.  It is no real surprise that the sound levels near wind farms aren’t loud enough to directly cause physiological damage or effects, though it seems clear that annoyance and sleep disruption may well contribute to health effects; the report acknowledges the likelihood of some annoyance, and notes too that while low-frequency sound is below generally perceptible levels, some people who hear these frequencies better than most may be bothered.  While the report itself is brief and lacks the detail of the recent industry-funded AWEA/CanWEA report, which reached the similar conclusions in the same narrowly-focused task, King’s report frames the results with two crucial but under-reported observations: Continue reading

Essex County wind turbine opponents beg to differ

By Sonja Puzic 

The province’s top doctor has concluded that living near a wind turbine is not dangerous to your health, but some Essex County residents are not convinced as opposition to wind energy projects persists in the region.

A report released last week by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, says there is no scientific evidence directly linking wind turbines to health problems. The report is a summary of existing evidence on the subject, prepared in consultation with the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health. Continue reading

Oxford opponents slam report

By HEATHER RIVERS, Oxford Sentinel-Review

OXFORD CENTRE — It is home to birds and bats and, during their annual migration, hundreds of Monarch butterflies descend on his rural property.

Owner John Eacott says he has lived happily on his 2.4-hectare (six acre) Curries Road spread since 1973.

But what Eacott is not happy about is a proposed wind turbine project that, when completed, will be located about one kilometre from his home. Continue reading

Debate on effects of wind turbines still raging on

Posted By DANIEL PEARCE, Chatham Daily News

The controversy over whether industrial wind turbines can make people who live near them sick just won’t go away.

Last week, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health declared them safe. Well, not so much safe as not proven dangerous.

“According to the scientific evidence, there isn’t any direct casual link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects,” Dr. Arlene King announced in a media release.

There’s a lot of wiggle room in that statement. Continue reading

King’s study should have included talking to people living next to turbines

By Daniel Pearce   Tillsonburg News

An official declaration from Ontario’s chief medical officer of health that living next to wind turbines is not dangerous to your health has been rejected by at least a couple of residents in the southwest corner of Norfolk.

“If you don’t look for something, you’re not going to find it,” Stephana Johnston said, referring to Dr. Arlene King’s report released Thursday. “There’s nothing in the report that indicated she looked for anything. She did a review of the literature.”

Johnston, whose home west of Port Rowan is surrounded by 18 turbines, said she will appear before council tonight and ask them to join 58 other Ontario municipalities in calling for a moratorium on the building any new turbines. Continue reading

Turbine report questioned

By Brandon Walker, Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

A Ministry of Health and Long-term Care report that says wind turbines are safe isn‘t authoritative enough for Nor‘wester Mountains protection committee members.

Ontario‘s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King said in the report released last week that there‘s no evidence that wind turbines cause adverse health affects.

“Turbines are getting bigger and as they get bigger there‘s more issues around them,” committee member Karl Piirik said.  Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

Medical Officer of Health Grossly Negligent in Investigating Complaints

Health Protection and Promotion Act

Complaint re health hazard related to occupational or environmental health
11.  (1)  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 in the health unit served by the board of health or the medical officer of health, the medical officer of health shall notify the ministry of the Government of Ontario that has primary responsibility in the matter and, in consultation with the ministry, the medical officer of health shall investigate the complaint to determine whether the health hazard exists or does not exist. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 11 (1).

From Arlene Kings’ Office:

“I empathize with your concern about the neighboring wind turbines and the ineffectiveness of various agencies to legitimize your grievance. Unfortunately your request that our public health unit be able to take some action on this matter does not align with the current reality. I apologize for any false impressions I may have relayed to you about any type of regulatory capacity we may have but to do so would only give you false hope and perhaps undermine any legitimate avenue of appeal you are trying to seek through the appropriate provincial agency or court action.
Our public health unit does not have the recourse, resources or expertise to monitor the health effects of turbines and seek the type of remedy you are looking for. To circumvent or intervene with the processes already in place, however, would be foolhardy and wasteful on our part given our mandate.
I am sorry that you feel you have been undermined by these very processes but we are unequivocal in our principles to fully practice protecting the public’s health in an effective manner with the tools and guidelines we have. To stray from this course, by pursuing such avenues, would be highly problematic for effectively serving the public in accordance with our public health protocols and directives.” April, 2009

  • No one from the public health units or the Ministry of Health has ever investigated the many complaints from people who live near wind turbines
  • Every single person who has gone to their local Public Health unit has been told there is nothing they can do, are sent elsewhere, are told it is beyond their scope of responsibility and they cannot investigate.
  • Is this coming from political pressure from above?
  • Arlene King has never spoken with any victims in Ontario. Arlene King’s report is almost taken word-for-word from the CanWEA industry-sponsored “literature review”. She has refused to conduct any epidemiological study.

Arlene King did not talk to one person affected nor conduct any independent research

Dr. A. King, oblivious and intentionally ignorant of the victims in her own province.

Toronto Star 

Barb Ashbee claims she was a victim of wind turbine noise. She used to live near the Shelburne wind farm, where there are more than 100 turbines, but moved to the Orangeville area because of health concerns.

“We had heart palpitations, stomach problems, sleep deprivation and terrible cognitive problems. My husband actually had thyroid problems,” she said.

The report’s findings “sicken” Ashbee. “These people are supposed to protect our health,” she said. “I am stunned.”

Ashbee’s health problems have improved since she moved away from the farms but she fears for others. “I get so angry. There are so many sick people and they are shutting them out.”

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