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July 12, 2012
Dan McLean
by: Dan McLean

Health Study On Wind Turbines Needed


 
As we have been reporting all week, Opponents of wind farms are hailing Health Canada’s decision to study the possible connection between noise generated by the towering turbines and adverse health effects reported by people living close to them.

The $1.8-million study will initially focus on residents in two thousand dwellings near eight to 12 wind-turbine installations of which there are about 140 in Canada .
 
Some specifics about the study we've not heard yet -- it will be conducted by a team of more than 25 experts in acoustics, health assessment and medicine and international advisers.
 
Health Canada said they got involved because "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to conclude whether or not there is a relationship between exposure to the noise from wind turbines and adverse human health effects.
 
Anti Turbine advocates have said for some time, frequency noise and vibrations can lead to sleep disorders, headaches, depression, anxiety and even blood pressure changes and have basically been ignored by the provincial government.
 
Health Canada, a Federal Government body says researchers will conduct face-to-face interviews with residents, will take physical measurements such as blood pressure and heart rate, assess noise levels inside and outside of homes involved and some residents will be monitored for sleep disturbances and hair samples will be taken to measure stress levels.
 
Wind Concerns Ontario have demanded health studies to back up the province’s assertion that its turbines and setback rules are safe.
 
I'm Dan Mclean and From Where I Sit, Health Canada’s admission that research is needed  and will be done, is definitely a step in the right direction to help ease peoples concerns or confirm their worst fears once and for all.
 
Specific details about study locations and timing have not yet been made public and we will have to wait for a while, results aren't expected to be published until 2014.
 
Better late than not at all !!!

 

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Posted: 2012-07-13 03:52:12

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