By Tracey Richardson, Owen Sound Sun Times
One thing she is already sure of is that it won’t be her doing the study. She said the health unit is not a research facility and that an independent institution, such as a university, would be best suited for it.
“I don’t think it’s us doing a study but it may be that they want to commission a study from a university.”The call for a health study on the effects of wind turbines came from Huron-Kinloss in the fall, with several other local municipalities adding their voices.
Lynn said she is now in regular contact with researchers, has looked at some study outlines and protocols, “and I have a bit more stuff I want to do before I put together my actual report.”
Lynn said the health effects on people from wind turbines isn’t well enough known yet, and a proper study could take years. “We need more information about this.”
She said some people living close to the turbines are definitely having issues. Insomnia is the biggest reported symptom.
A study will be very expensive, she said. “You can’t do this cheaply. It’s expensive, and that’s part of the problem is who’s going to fund it. The government isn’t interested in funding it, the wind turbine industry which is making money off these isn’t interested in funding it. So it’s going to have to be grassroots and working at small pieces of this puzzle.”