Ottawa – Today Health Canada announced that it will study the relationship between the noise made by wind turbines and the possible side effects on the health of the people who live near them.
The study will explore self-reported and objectively measured symptoms and effects in people living near wind power developments.
“This study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low frequency noise generated by wind turbines,” said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
Local MP Scott Reid believes more work needs to be done before any new wind turbine projects should be considered. He joined many colleagues in supporting a moratorium on wind projects in Loyalist Township last fall when the Conservatives in the Senate passed a resolution calling for the same.
“I don’t believe that everything that needs to be taken into consideration has always been considered when it comes to wind farms in Ontario,” said Reid. “The value of surrounding properties, for example, environmental costs, and potential ill health effects are things that I believe all need to be put to rest before any new wind projects should go ahead in Loyalist Township, or anywhere for that matter.”
Health Canada’s study, spurned on by complaints from folks who live near wind farms, will target a sample size of 2,000 homes in various proximities to existing wind farms. The research will include taking physical measurements from participants and will also take into account interviews with participants as well as measurements of noise levels.
Health Canada’s expertise in measuring noise and it’s affect on health is driven by its role in administering the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA). As defined under REDA, noise is a form of radiation and so Health Canada can exercise its authority through the act.
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For further information contact:
Communications Assistant to Scott Reid, MP