Adverse Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbine Noise: How the Ear and Brain Process Infrasound

PunchRick-JamesHearing Views, By Jerry Punch, PhD, and Richard James, INCE, BME
Part 3: Adverse Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbine Noise: How the Ear and Brain Process Infrasound

As noted in the second installment of this series, Dr. Geoff Leventhall, a co-author of the 2009 AWEA/CanWEA report, attributes the health complaints of people who live near industrial wind turbines (IWTs) to psychological stress, but does not acknowledge that IWTs can be detrimental to health because infrasound and low-frequency noise (ILFN) emitted by wind turbines are largely inaudible to humans. He stands on the argument, therefore, that what we can’t hear can’t hurt us.

We know that things we cannot see, touch, taste, or smell can hurt us, so why is it unreasonable also to believe that what we can’t hear might also hurt us?

Dr. Nina Pierpont, in describing Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS), has expressed her belief that many of the symptoms comprising WTS are mediated by overstimulation of the vestibular system of the inner ear by ILFN. Recent evidence supports the general view that the functioning of both the vestibular and cochlear components of the inner ear, and their interconnections with the brain, mediate the type of symptoms that Pierpont and others have described.

Infrasound: More of a Problem Than We Thought?
Industrial-scale wind turbines generate peak sound pressure levels at infrasonic frequencies, especially between 0.25 and 3 Hz, as the blades pass in front of the tower. Most of us do not experience the energy in this lowest of low-frequency regions as sound; instead, we perceive a variety of other sensations. When present, infrasound can be more of a problem than audible sound. Read full article

See also:
Part 1: Negative Health Effects of Noise from Industrial Wind Turbines: Some Background

Part 2: The Negative Health Impact of Noise from Industrial Wind Turbines: The Evidence

37 thoughts on “Adverse Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbine Noise: How the Ear and Brain Process Infrasound

  1. “Noise” became a rural issue only. This issue does not affect urban dwellers who out-voted rural Ontarians while other issues that affect all were left out.

    And even huge financial scandals were ignored by urban voters in the June provincial election.

    • Hey Barbara,

      I’m a little bit country,
      and, a little bit – rock ‘n roll.

      It was the Greenbelt Cabal – that initially promoted
      the ‘urban – rural divide’ –
      and, almost – legitimized it.

      Urban dwellers vs rural dwellers – sounds so draconian;
      but, it’s the way – communists spread their services –
      and, they have come to save us.

      How’s that working out in the Niagara Region?

      Again – is there hope?
      I’m a little bit country,
      and, a little bit – rock ‘n roll.

      I much prefer the respectful sound of:
      Ontario citizens!
      The sound – social justice – despises!

    • So – what is the legal responsibility of the mayor and council
      @ the local level of government?

      Pick your municipality!

      Again
      what is the legal responsibility of the mayor and council
      @ the local level of government?

    • Can anybody find the website that lists the names of the members of the Board of Health that serves Norfolk County and Haldimand County?

      http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/residents.aspx?id=10816

      ‘[excerpt] Health and Social Services

      The Health & Social Services Department ensures the health and welfare of the population as a whole. Services are provided by one Department to both Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. The Health & Social Services Department, as it affects Haldimand County, consists of three Divisions: Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, Haldimand & Norfolk Social Services and Social Housing. The Health Unit offers a variety of free and low cost services, such as dental screening and vaccinations, to residents and visitors of all ages and incomes in Haldimand County. Social Services’ focus is on preparing people in Haldimand County for employment, from financial and employment support to subsidized childcare. Social Housing ensures that the residents of Haldimand County find and retain safe, clean and affordable housing. Some of the services offered consist of subsidized housing, homelessness programs and rent supplement programs. Further information can be obtained by clicking on the links below.’

      • Perfection @ the local level

        ‘[excerpt]
        Strategic Energy Management Plan

        The purpose of Niagara Health System’s energy management plan and policies is to promote good stewardship of our environment and community resources. In keeping with our core values of Efficiency and Financial Responsibility, Niagara Health System’s energy management program will reduce operating costs and enable us to provide compassionate service to a greater number of persons in the community. This directive is in conjunction with Ontario Regulation 397/11under the Green Energy Act 2009, that requires public agencies to report on their Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) annually.

        Click the top link to the right to read the full plan.’

        Good stewardship!
        ……to save the planet.

      • Maybe studies should be done on How the Ear and Brain Process Money?

      • More local depth [repeat if you like]

        Tell grandma – to tell the neigbours!
        …..and so on……

        Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

        ‘[excerpt] Farm Gate Vendors
        Local food is great food and food safety makes great food even better.

        Public health inspectors will be visiting farm gate vendors to ensure food safety plans for processed foods are up to date and in accordance with provincial requirements.’
        http://hnhu.org/

        Oh yeah! –
        …don’t forget to ‘buy local’; and,
        pretend you are doing something – fab –
        for the planet.

        READ MORE – if you like it!

        ‘[excerpt] The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has begun a more in depth review of local farm gate vendors to ensure all are up to date with their food safety procedures.

        Farm gate sales are exempt from the Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O 562 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act) if they are selling their own farm products like honey or maple syrup and their own unprocessed produce. Processing the produce for sale – including slicing, canning, baking, preserving – removes the exemption.

        The Health Unit has decided to adopt a more proactive approach to inspections.

        “The number of producers has grown recently, and many are expanding their product lines to show off all the great food we grow locally,” said Sandy Stevens, Program Manager for Environmental Health at the HNHU. “The Health Unit wants to help our local food vendors produce food safely to ensure their success. Many vendors have had to upgrade over the years, but we haven’t seen everyone. We want to get everyone up to date for the benefit of the consumers and the community as a whole.”

        The review of farm gate vendors by inspectors will begin during the month of August. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit recognizes that safe food is a major contributing factor to the health of the community.
        Related Topics

        Food Safety
        Food Safety Inspections
        …………….’

        Memo:
        ‘[excerpt] The Health Unit has decided to adopt a more proactive approach to inspections.

      • Farm Gate – get it?…..hahahahhaha!

        ‘[excerpt] Local Farm Gate Vendor Campaign Review

        November 21, 2014
        Uncategorized

        SIMCOE, November 21, 2014. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s (HNHU) campaign to get farm gate vendors up to code has been a positive experience. Health inspectors, for the most part, found that vendors wanted to comply with the government regulations. “It was impressive to see how much local food processors care about their product and about […]’
        It’s been funnnnnnn……looking @ the review
        http://hnhu.org/local-farm-gate-vendor-campaign-review/

        Oh yeah!
        ‘[excerpt] Farm gate sales are exempt from the Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O 562 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act) if they are selling their own farm products like honey or maple syrup and their own unprocessed produce. Processing the produce for sale – including slicing, canning, baking, preserving – removes the exemption.’

        ——————————————————————

        2014 ……’renewal of the Healthy Communities Partnership.’

        ‘[excerpt] Let’s Work Together Better….Learn how to engage our community

        November 7, 2014
        Uncategorized

        The Healthy Communities Partnership Haldimand and Norfolk is excited to host their annual Healthy Communities workshop. The event will be focused on how to effectively engage the local community and the renewal of the Healthy Communities Partnership. Facilitated by the Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit the Healthy Communities Partnership was formed in 2009 and is made […]

        http://hnhu.org/category/uncategorized/

        It’s been fun – hasn’t it?

    • Here it is:

      http://hnhu.org/about/board-of-health/

      ‘[excerpt]
      HealthUnit
      Haldimand-Norfolk
      […]
      Have questions about your
      health?
      Do you know what the health unit
      does? Explore our website to find
      out more about what we can do for
      you.
      […]
      Home>About Us>Board of Health

      Board of Health

      [board-of-health2.jpg]

      Back Row
      Councillors Roger Geysens, Peter Black, John Wells, Charlie Luke, Michael Columbus, Harold Sonnenberg

      Middle Row
      Councillor Betty Chanyi

      Front Row
      Mayor Dennis Travale, Councillor Jim Oliver

      Norfolk County Council was appointed as the Board of Health for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. The Board of Health is governed by the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services.

      The Board of Health consists of the Mayor and eight Councillors elected to Norfolk County Council. The Mayor is also the Chair for the Board of Health.
      […]
      Office Locations

      Simcoe
      12 Gilbertson Dr.
      P.O. Box 247, Simcoe ON
      N3Y 4L1
      View Simcoe Location on Google Maps
      519-426-6170
      905-318-6623
      519-426-9974

      Dunnville
      117 Forest St. E
      Dunnville, ON
      N1A 1B9
      View Dunnville Location on Google Maps
      905-318-6623
      905-774-1538

      Caledonia
      282 Argyle St. S
      Caledonia, ON
      N3W 1K7
      View Caledonia Location on Google Maps
      905-318-5367
      905-765-8905

      Langton
      22 Albert St.
      Langton, ON
      N0E 1G0
      View Langton Location on Google Maps
      519-875-4485
      519-875-4789

      Office Hours

      We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.
      to 4:30 p.m.
      After Hours Emergencies

      For public health emergencies or hazards, such
      as food poisoning, meningitis or rabies, please
      call our after hours emergency phone number
      at 1-877-298-5888.’

      • In the middle of the night!
        Let’s have another look……

        Role and responsibility – for doing one’s duty –
        under difficult circumstances.
        Climate Change is here!

        Norfolk County Council was appointed as the Board of Health for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. The Board of Health is governed by the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services.

        The Board of Health consists of the Mayor and eight Councillors elected to Norfolk County Council. The Mayor is also the Chair for the Board of Health.
        http://hnhu.org/about/board-of-health/

        Completing the picture!

        Sen. Markey Introduces Legislation to Prepare for Health Impacts of Climate Change
        Friday, September 19, 2014

        WASHINGTON (September 19, 2014) – In advance of the UN climate meetings in New York next week, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) introduced the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act, with Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The legislation will help improve America’s public health response to climate change by supporting research, monitoring, and preparation in the health sector and by developing a national action plan.

        This language originally passed the House of Representatives in 2009 as part of the Waxman-Markey climate bill. It is the first time it is introduced as stand-alone legislation in the Senate, and is the companion bill to one introduced in the House by Rep. Lois Capps.

        “Climate change threatens the health of people and the planet. Global warming gets personal when air pollution harms lungs and the risks of food, water and mosquito and tick transmitted diseases increases,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the lead co-chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse. “We need to take action to address the health impacts of climate change that are already happening and prepare for those that are coming. My legislation would create a national action plan and support public health responses to the dangers of global warming.”

        Senator Boxer said: “There is overwhelming evidence that climate change is harmful to human health. We must take action to protect the health of our children and families, and this legislation will help public health professionals prepare for and respond to the worst impacts of climate change.”
        http://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/sen-markey-introduces-legislation-to-prepare-for-health-impacts-of-climate-change

        Memo to Mayor Dennis Travale – it’s
        Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act
        – prepare and respond!

        Kapeesh?

      • Remember when Markey and Pelosi came to Ottawa to meet with Rick Smith and Marlo Raynolds at the U.S. Embasy back in Sept. 2010?

        At that time Pelosi was Speaker of The U.S. House of Representatives.

        Markey was a congressman back then and later elected Senator from Mass.

        These two, Markey & Pelosi, also met with Environmental Defence Canada in December 2009 in Copenhagen.

  2. Corporate Welfare Goes Green in Ontario, an 8 page report

    P.4

    “Eleven companies have received 90% of those subsidies. Around 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have been handed out to nine companies (or subsidiaries of those companies) – Seven of them based outside of either Ontario or Canada.”

    Pp.5-6

    See: Table 1 for list of company names and amounts of money.

    http://www.probeinternational.org/library/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/corporate-welfare-goes-green.pdf

    Who the major shareholders of some of these companies are can be compared to those listed and will add more information.

    • Big banks are not only loaning money to install IWTs they are also investing in IWT projects.

    • RECHARGE News, June 15, 2014

      Liberty Mutual Insurance holds 16.5% equity stake in Invenergy

      http://www.rechargenews.com/wind/article1365917.ece

      ————————————————————————————

      Canadian Business, July 10, 2014

      Caisse buys almost 25% stake in Invenergy

      http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/caisse-buys-almost-25-stake-in-invenergy-wind-for-undisclosed-price

      The stake is 24.7% owned by Caisse.

      24.7% + 16.5% = 41.2% of Invenergy owned by two parties.

      • OK, so these are the “toxic assets”…
        Looks like a lot of money is changing hands now, and we can expect the “bubble” to burst just after the money managers get their bonuses.

      • Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has about 10.2 % ownership of Innergex Renewables Inc.acquired about July 26, 2012 for about $100M.

        Caisse Board of Directors includes:

        Jean LaCouture who is also Board Chair. of Innergex Renewables Inc.

        http://www.lacaisse.com/en/about-us/organization/board-of-directors

        ————————————————————————-

        Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
        Annual Information Form, Dec.31, 2012 & Filed Mar.28, 2013

        P.68
        Jean LaCouture has 17,348 shares of Innergex + $200,000, indirectly, principal amount of debentures.

        P.72
        Jean LaCouture also on Board of Caisse since Jan.16, 2013

        http://www.innergex.com/sites/documents/pdf/annualinformationformdecember31_2012v10final.pdf

        Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has Ontario renewable energy projects which are listed in this Annual Report.

      • Investeco Capital Corp., Toronto, Founded Jan.22., 2003

        Co-founded by Andrew Heintzman & Michael dePencier

        Board includes:

        Greg Kiessling, Bullfrog Power inc.
        Wm. Lambert, BIOX Corp. + Board of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. where, as of 2012, he owned 153,300 shares of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

        http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/board.asp?privcapId=11503776

        Jalynn Bennett is also on the Investeco Board with plenty of connections.

      • Self serving – but, not starving!

        Introducing Mr. Heintzman
        and see – really good recipes below!
        ‘[excerpt] He is also the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario. In addition, Mr. Heintzman is on the Board of Directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity.’

        ‘[excerpt] Mr. Andrew Heintzman is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Investeco Capital Corp. He is also a Co-Founder of the firm. Mr. Heintzman is also a Special Advisor to the Board at Schneider Power Inc. He has a background in environmental private equity with a focus on energy. Prior to the firm, Mr. Heintzman was the Co-Founder and Publisher at Shift Magazine. He serves on many corporate Boards including Lotek Wireless, Triton Logging, Horizon Distributors, Rowe Farm Meats, Meridian Advisors, and the Sustainability Network. Mr. Heintzman is an Advisor to the House of Anansi Press. Mr. Heintzman helped launch the E2 Venture Fund and sat on the Board of Quantum Leap Asset Management Company. He is also the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario. In addition, Mr. Heintzman is on the Board of Directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity. He was a Co-Editor of “Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything, Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future”.’

        Grass Fed Beef Fall Stew
        http://rowefarms.ca/cooking-recipes.php

      • Google: Kruger Tissues/KP Tissue Inc.,
        Management Information Circular, May 8, 2014

        P.7
        Directors compensation:
        Susan J. McArthur, voting securities, 1,200
        Michel Letellier, 2,500 voting securities. Also Pres. & CEO of Innergex Renewable Energy.

        So this information will be on the same page.

        Quicker than using SEDAR files.

    • SURESPAN, Oct. 14, 2014

      GOOGLE: “Is 2014 the Best Year for Canada’s Wind energy?”

      Scroll down to :

      “Fortunately, Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is a tremendous supporter of wind energy efforts in Canada, along with including wind energy in the long-term plans of the province, she is working to improve public opinion of wind energy. Wynne supports wind energy and would like to see its capacity continue to grow.”

      “2013 was a great year for wind energy in Canada due to commitments from Ontario and Quebec to fund 1.4 GW of wind.”

      Rural Ontarians have been taken in by the premier starting with the “Not A Willing Host” back in Jan/Feb 2013.

      Then there others who wanted to give her a chance.

      Some articles get archived or taken down so Google them is needed.

  3. Ontario citizens can trust…………..
    Energy minister Chiarelli – is monitoring the
    – ‘robbery crisis’ –
    @ the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)
    and – will physically
    sound the alarm.

    Get Rid of the OPA

    Conservative minority leader MPP Jim Wilson
    http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2014/11/19/mpp-jim-wilson-grills-liberals-on-wind-turbines/#comment-158276

    Listen to what Energy Minister Chiarelli says……..
    ‘$20 Billion to cancel contracts’
    How did he come up with that figure?
    Sounds cheap……..considering.

    p.s. Mr. Chiarelli directs the OPA…….hahahahahaha!

    • Wait – I just had a sudden thought of reality.
      Is Chiarelli – only referring to the 8 wind turbines surrounding the Collingwood Airport;
      and, it’s $20 Billion – to cancel those 8?

      Get Rid of the OPA,
      and, boot Chiarelli out!

  4. Update:
    Re: Andrew Heintzman – was, and is – and, maybe who knows………….but, now with the Ministry of Energy…….
    and, maybe on way – to Lima Peru – next week.

    Andrew was the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and is currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force.

    ‘[excerpt] Andrew Heintzman is President and co-founder of Investeco Capital. Andrew was the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and is currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force. He sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless and Rowe Farms. In addition, he is on the board of directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity. He is also an advisor to the Masters of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Andrew is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of: Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything; Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine; and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future; all published by the House of Anansi Press. Before Investeco, Andrew was a co-founder and publisher of Shift Magazine.’
    http://www.investeco.com/about-us-management-team-2.php

    Learn more about the members of the Ontario Clean Energy Task Force
    April 12, 2012 8:45 A.M.

    Ministry of Energy – Chiarelli helpers
    http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2012/04/members-of-the-ontario-clean-energy-task-force.html

    Gee – I wonder if Premier Social Justice
    ….has tried one of his delicious – recipes?

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