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