By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
If you live close to a renewable energy facility, such as wind turbine, expect to receive a survey in the mail asking how this may have impacted your health. The Municipality of Chatham-Kent, along with the counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Frontenac, Huron and Norfolk are included in the Quality of Life and Renewable Energy Technologies Study from the University of Waterloo.
Approximately 5,000 residents living near renewable energy sources are being invited to take part in the survey. There has been plenty of people who have complained about health problems, they believe are caused by renewable energy facilities, in particular, wind turbines. The tough part has been coming up with the scientific proof to support those claims.
“That is the problem, that’s why we’re doing the study,” said U of W Prof. Phil Bigelow, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health and Health Systems. “That’s why we’re encouraging people to complete the survey, because if the response rate isn’t high . . . the results are criticized,” he told The Chatham Daily News. He added, “the validity improves if we have a greater sample size.”
Bigelow said the study of renewable energy technologies, which include wind turbines as well as bio fuel and solar operations. He said the survey includes questions about health and potential symptoms that may be caused by renewable energy facilities. Read article