Health Canada and Wind Turbines: Too little too late?

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Carmen Krogh, BScPharm (retired), is a peer reviewed IWT health researcher and former Director of Publications and Editor-in-Chief of the CPS.
R Y McMurtry is Professor Emeritus (Surgery) of Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario). Dr. McMurtry was also an ADM at Health Canada 2000-02

Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are being erected at rapid pace around the world. Coinciding with the introduction of IWTs, some individuals living in proximity to IWTs report adverse health effects including annoyance, sleep disturbance, stress-related health impacts and reduced quality of life. [i],[ii],[iii],[iv],[v],[vi],[vii],[viii],[ix],[x],[xi],[xii] In some cases Canadian families reporting adverse health effects have abandoned their homes, been billeted away from their homes or hired legal counsel to successfully reach a financial agreement with the wind energy developer.[xiii]

To help address public concern over these health effects Health Canada (HC) announced the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study (HC Study) 2 years ago and brought forth preliminary results November 6, 2014.

Here we briefly comment on the HC Study results and provide some historical context.

Acknowledgement of IWT adverse health effects is not new. The term “annoyance” frequently appears when discussing IWT health effects. In a 2009 letter the Honourable Rona Ambrose, disclosed:
“Health Canada provides advice on the health effect of noise and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields from proposed wind turbine projects…To date, their examination of the scientific literature on wind turbine noise is that the only health effect conclusively demonstrated from exposure to wind turbine noise is an increase of self-reported general annoyance and complaints (i.e., headaches, nausea, tinnitus, vertigo).” [xiv] Read article

One thought on “Health Canada and Wind Turbines: Too little too late?

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    ‘[excerpt] Sandra Goranson
    December 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Impacts of low frequency noise (LFN) on animals have been clinically researched for decades. Results indicate that long term exposure to LFN causes many physical and biological responses in a variety of species. i,ii,iii,iv

    Current research and anecdotal reports indicate that the noise emissions from industrial wind turbines are more likely than not leading to birth defects, stillbirths and multiple miscarriages in animals and humans. v,vi

    For those concerned about protecting the natural environment from the emissions of wind turbines many have turned to experts such as the World Wildlife Fund and the Audubon Society which strongly urges that wind turbines are not permitted in protected wildlife areas or in Important Bird Area migration corridors.vii ,viii

    In Ontario Canada a permit to kill harm and harass […]

    Sandra Goranson
    Chair
    Prince Edward County South Shore Conservancy’

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