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Ottawa public health won't look at wind turbines

The city's public health department sees no reason to intervene in a proposal to construct about eight wind turbines in the North Gower area. City council asked the department to review literature on any health issues related to the controversial turbines, which harness the wind to produce electricity.

Citizen's coalition says turbines harm health

The city's public health department sees no reason to intervene in a proposal to construct about eight wind turbines in the North Gower area.

City council asked the department to review literature on any health issues related to the controversial turbines, which harness the wind to produce electricity.

Prowind Canada wants to erect the turbines and hopes to have them running by 2012.

A citizens' coaltion called the North Gower Wind Action Group has been asking governments to halt the turbine projects until a full health analysis is complete. The group is also concerned the turbines would decrease property values in the area.

In a memo this week to rural councillors, medical officer of health Dr. Isra Levy says the province has done a literature review and found no evidence of noise-induced health effects because of the turbines. However, the review determined the sound annoys some people, which could lead to stress and sleep disruption.

The province plans to establish an academic research chair to further study any health-related issues.

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Citizen's coalition says turbines harm health

The city's public health department sees no reason to intervene in a proposal to construct about eight wind turbines in the North Gower area.

City council asked the department to review literature on any health issues related to the controversial turbines, which harness the wind to produce electricity.

Prowind Canada wants to erect the turbines and hopes to have them running by 2012.

A citizens' coaltion called the North Gower Wind Action Group has been asking governments to halt the turbine projects until a full health analysis is complete. The group is also concerned the turbines would decrease property values in the area.

In a memo this week to rural councillors, medical officer of health Dr. Isra Levy says the province has done a literature review and found no evidence of noise-induced health effects because of the turbines. However, the review determined the sound annoys some people, which could lead to stress and sleep disruption.

The province plans to establish an academic research chair to further study any health-related issues.

"The review did not find evidence of health effects that would warrant public health interventions at this point in time," Levy tells councillors. "Ottawa public health will continue to follow the work of experts and provincial ministries tasked with studying this emerging issue."

Meanwhile, Prowind Canada is planning more public open houses in the spring and fall. The company is currently submitting reports to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for review and approval.


Source: http://www.ottawasun.com/ne...

JAN 9 2010
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