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Wind power opponents were celebrating Tuesday after Health Canada announced it will conduct peer-reviewed research, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, into the effect of wind turbine noise on human health.
Jane Wilson, president of the anti-wind group Wind Concerns Ontario, learned of the study in a phone call Tuesday morning from Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s office.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that Ottawa will conduct the study, which "is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low-frequency noise generated by wind turbines."
The $1.8-million study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings near eight to 12 wind-turbine installations.
We are requesting that the PSC, suspend the rules and reconvene a wind siting council that is not stacked with wind interests. A fair and unbiased commission, a commission that will follow State Statutes. PSC 128 was supposed to take the harmful effects of IWT's into account when they made their setback rules.
Because of health problems experienced by families like the Ashleys, state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, is pressuring the Public Service Commission to change its rules for the construction of wind turbines.
"This really is about our government not protecting our citizens," Lasee said Sunday during a news conference at Way-Morr County Park in Morrison, about five miles from wind turbines in Glenmore.
Mr Vizzard explained that his group wants a policy put in place that sets in stone the maximum height of a turbine within a certain distance of a residential property.
Other councils that have set policies on wind turbines include Milton Keynes, which bans any turbines within 1.2km of homes, while councils in Wiltshire and Lincolnshire have also imposed restrictions.
State Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, says low-frequency noise from wind turbines causes a variety of health problems, and says the Public Service Commission needs to enact new rules to protect the health of those living near turbines.
"It's time for the PSC to admit the current rules are not good enough."
State Senator Frank Lasee hosted a news conference in which he detailed the health problems faced by three families who live in proximity to turbines. Lasee says these consistent health complaints include headaches, earaches, dizziness and nausea-all of which subsided after families moved out of the area of the turbines.
Should the Braithwaites decide to pursue the matter further, they could file a nuisance claim in circuit court, according to the PSC document. Gary Braithwaite, along with 26 families, have hired a lawyer and are discussing the possibility of filing a suit for damages, according to the State Journal.
In a decision released today the court has ruled the windfarm, owned by New Zealand Windfarms Limited, has been operated in such a way that the noise effects for neighbouring residents are considerably greater than those predicted in the resource consent application.
Tararua-Aokautere Guardians president Kevin Low said resource consent conditions or compliance for many wind farms in the area were not strict enough, judging from the complaints heard by councils.
The "sub-audible" low-frequency noise irritated people, he said.
Board of Health member Barbara Acksen said she was appalled by Shah's letter, saying "We were not at all pleased with the report."
"He should just be responding to the data and not casting aspersions on people who complain," she said. "You can't just say 'Well, these people didn't like the turbines before so their complaints don't matter.'"
Dozens of Conservative MPs are currently pushing for nationwide limits to stop wind farms coming too close to housing.
However, the Milton Keynes ban could affect RWE's plans to put 17 wind turbines on two different sites in the face of strong local opposition.
"Our government is not good at picking winners and losers in the marketplace but has certainly proved it is good at wasting taxpayer dollars," Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio and chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's subcommittee on regulatory affairs, stimulus oversight and government spending, said on Thursday.
Just as the legal system refused to side with the opponents, so did the elected officials in Mason County. The opposition energy is being put into trying to defeat at the polls this year six incumbent county commissioners who favored the wind farm development, Bergaila said while picketing in front of the chamber offices on U.S. 10 in Ludington.
Neighbors of Kingston's new wind turbines made plenty of noise at a zoning board of appeals hearing, sharing stories with panel members about sleepless nights and anxiety caused by the turbines.
"Neither the siting rules nor the sound prediction studies that have been performed in connection with wind energy applications in West Virginia sufficiently captures what the reality will likely be once a project is in operation, or how the sounds are heard at various reference points in the vicinity of the project."
Critics contend plans for Green River Wind Farm Phase I, which call for building nine wind turbines and a substation in Whiteside County, conflict with the county ordinance by failing to specify the size of the wind turbines and failing to include a decommissioning plan, among other issues.
The tribe was so doubtful about the Pattern Energy survey of the site's cultural resources that it sent in its own experts with trained forensic dogs who did a quick and cursory survey and found an additional six burial/cremation sites, for a total of 12 cremation sites in this particular area, Escalanti says. The tribe still practices the sacred rite of cremation, as their tribal ancestors did before them, according to court documents.
Escalanti says the tribe has asked to meet with the decision-makers.
Richard Kennedy, another of the concerned neighbours, said the flyers distributed by the school featured images of turbines in open fields, something he believed was misleading given the proposed location.
"It's not an accurate representation of what they're trying to do," Kennedy said. "To me, visual representations are important."
"If they move these, or bring the wind turbines here, we will move somewhere else," said Alan Whincup, and he says no one he knows wants the turbines either.
"We moved here for the beautiful countryside, and not to see these wind turbines that are going to be as high as the mountain itself."