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.

Such health claims are being denied by the wind turbine companies who argue that it is psychosomatic.

This appears to contradict what some British scientists have already concluded and that is the swishing sound caused by wind turbines can “annoy” some people, keeping them awake at night and even causing psychological problems because of stress.

If a person is laying in bed unable to escape listening to an unwanted noise, night after night, at the very least I would describe that as distressing and loss of sleep leads to a host of other illnesses.

Last October, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdock called for a province-wide moratorium on wind turbine projects which would have forced the provincial medical and environmental experts to conduct proper epidemiological investigations of the full impact on human health.

Mr. Murdock explained “The Liberal government moved quickly with the Green Energy agenda. Bill 150 was passed into law within a very short time, and as a result very many things got over looked.” Although unsuccessful he did solicit a curious response from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The following statements are found in the hand outs provided by Samsung at the July 8 Open House. In collaboration with Dr. Ray Copes, from the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, Dr. King stated “The literature review revealed that while there are anecdotal reports of symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, concentration and learning problems, and tinnitus, there is no scientific evidence, to date, to demonstrate a casual association between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.”

Hello!?

Dictionary definition of anecdotal: “a brief account of any fact or happening.” To date, Dr. King, whether or not you have scientific proof does not make these symptoms any less real.

The comment from Dr. Copes, who presented a scientific review of the potential health hazards of wind turbines in a “webinar”, is best described as irresponsible.

He said “The review concluded that there is no evidence of noise-induced health effects emitted by wind turbines: sound produced by the turbines is sometimes found to be annoying to some people which may result in stress and sleep disturbance.”

I suggest one person would be too many. Your agency has a mandate to protect us, not minimize ill health effects and by doing so you have set a poor example. Samsung is required to undertake an environmental assessment of the potential impacts of wind turbines on human health and ecosystems; a draft copy was made available for the public.

Of the eight project-specific issues that were identified, Public Health and Safety was at the bottom of the list and this indicates to me the lack of meaningful initiative for research into the potential risks of living in an industrial wind factory.

Ray, come out from behind your computer and take Arlene for a drive to experience, first hand with us receptors, the heart pounding effect of turbine “blade thump.”

Stantec definition of receptor: “a person on the receiving end.”  Bring the Haldimand Health and Family Services Medical Officer with you.

Linda Bucsis

14 thoughts on “Wind turbines will pose certain health complications

  1. “…until Queen’s Park states there is absolutely no link…” YIKE!

    This is an important, well-written article, but PUHLEEZE – Queen’s Park is in a conflict of interest with regard to industrial wind turbines and health. What Queen’s Park states should be construed as the opposite of the truth.

    And there are other reasons for a permanent moratorium and dismantling of all existing turbines. Birds, bats, butterflies etc., etc., etc.

  2. Thanks, Linda. It would be great if the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit could speak with a united voice within the tow municipalities which it serves.

    You may have read that the Norfolk Council supported a moratorium on any further erection of IWT’s until epidemiological health studies are completed showing what the health effects are on people living surrounded within a 3 km radius, as we in the Clear Creek/Cultus/Frogmore IWT ZONE are, by 18 Vestas 1.65 MW IWT’s.

    Norfolk council has further gone on to ask for a response to my letter to Dr. Siva Sivoththaman, U of Waterloo, and recently appointed Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and ?Health. Mayor Travale wrote the letter, to be sent out to-day I think, asking for a response and when/if ithe response comes, I hope to receive a copy.

    H-N HU is meeting in Simcoe, 12 Gilbertson Dr. on Thur, Aug 19, 2010 [check to ask if it may be canceled] from 7 pm to 9 pm. I have asked to make a deputation to them on that date OR Thur, Sept 16, 2010 in Cayuga [have to check that also because if Aug is canceled, the venue may be Simcoe in Sept.].

    The H-NHU is very approachable and if you bring a group of Haldimand folks to ask for their help, you may very well get the help you are looking for.

    Hope to see you there.

  3. Can anyone let me know how/where to get a copy of “Wind Turbine Syndrome”?

  4. Thanks so much, MA. I tried to order this book a month or so ago only to be told it could not be shipped to my address. However, today they say ’tis on its way. Thanks again.

  5. So the google ad banner for RENEWABLE ENERGY is back on the mobile site again???!!!

  6. And now it’s gone? A minute later? What’s going on here? Feel free to delete these posts;)

  7. Every once in a while, well twice on two different days. There has been a rolling banner on the articles,( looks google powered) advertising for wind and solar power. I’ve only seen it on my iPhone mobile page.

  8. I see the same thing Simcoe Surfer. Right now there is a google ad that says “Learn how Bullfrog Power lets you switch to wind power at home”

  9. I checked into this and, yes, WordPress, does occasionally put google ads on this site to help cover their bills. I’ve paid an upgrade fee of so the ads won’t show up anymore.

  10. This was taken from a long article from Eric Bibler in which the last paragraph or two sums it up. Regardless of what you may think of industrial wind, unless there is a desire to have no power, industrial wind has no been proven to provide functional power (power wasted because it was not needed). Eric says “At the very least, after you stand on the shoulders of Nina and Calvin, and others like them, and explain the potent and insidious health hazards; or quote the first-hand accounts of people in Vinalhaven or Falmouth or Mars Hill Maine; or call attention to the work of scientists like Dr. Kurt Fristrup at NPS Sounds Program on the devastating impact of “chronic noise” upon the habitat; you should immediately say: “And the worst thing is, THE DAMN THINGS DON’T WORK, ANYWAY!” That leaves them nowhere to hide.” by Eric Bibler

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