Articles filed under Noise from Canada

Turbines are affecting people: Lynn

Of hundreds of credible studies around the world on wind energy, none conclude there is no association between the towering turbines and adverse health effects. ..."(The conclusions are) not new, but it's further confirmation that these are not NIMBYs, these are people affected by these things," Lynn said Tuesday in an interview. "All of the studies rejected the null hypothesis that there was no association. Every one of them found that there was an association."
20 Feb 2013

Turbine health effects tied to hair

The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people's hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines. Starting in May, the federal government plans to study the hair of up to 1,200 people who live near wind turbines.
16 Feb 2013

Province knew about health effects from turbines

"MOE Provincial Officers have attended at several of the complainant's [sic] residences and have confirmed that despite the noise emissions apparently complying with the applicable standard ... that the noise emissions are in fact causing material discomfort to the residents in and around their homes," reads the document, written by provincial officer Gary Tomlinson.
13 Feb 2013

Wind Rush

I realized I had a story that was bigger than just the effectiveness of wind energy. You can like it or you can hate it-that isn't the point. What this is about is government and business rushing ahead with new technology without ever making sure it's safe. A car manufacturer would never get away with releasing a new model without extensive safety tests. Same goes for food, appliances-anything. And yet these machines just kept going up, and up, and up.
27 Jan 2013

Secret Documents Reveal that Ontario Liberal Government Knew of Adverse Health Effects of Turbines

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that officials from the Ministry of Environment were aware of adverse health effects caused by wind turbines in 2009. These documents also show that one wind power company encouraged the Ministry to take a "consistent position" with their company to support the Green Energy.
7 Jan 2013

Amaranth wants turbines shut down

Amaranth Township Council wants a 1.4- kilometre setback for industrial wind turbines based on a report entitled “Effects of Industrial Wind Turbine Noise on Sleep and Health.” Furthermore, the council is asking for existing wind farms to immediately halt their operations within the 1.4 km of homes and farms.
22 Nov 2012

An ill wind for McGuinty: New scientific study links wind turbines to health hazards

Government documents released under Freedom of Information showed environment ministry staff issued internal warnings the province needed stricter rural noise limits on turbines, that it had no reliable way to monitor or enforce them and that computer models for determining setbacks were flawed. Despite that, McGuinty forged ahead with his industrial wind development plan through his Green Energy Act, which stripped local municipalities.
4 Nov 2012

Councillor says Health Canada study on wind turbine noise is a significant victory

Coun. Stauble said Health Canada came close at one point to adopting Ontario's wind turbine guidelines, and is glad that didn't happen. ..."I think the Province (Ontario) has treated the whole wind industry issue with a 'gold rush' mentality. I hope the federal government imposes a moratorium on them...and, if you have health concerns about something, that's a reason to stall giving the green light."
18 Jul 2012

Wind turbine noise debate now one of degree

I can only hope Health Canada's study is independent of the wind industry and governments. One must question the motives of anyone willing to outright dismiss or deny any and all health effects. Those living close to industrial wind turbines - mainly our rural, farming-type folk - would never have considered abandoning their homes, and their complaints should be dealt with compassionately.
16 Jul 2012

Health Canada turbine study welcomed by opponents

The study will be focused on an initial sample size of 2,000 dwellings selected from eight to 12 wind turbine installation facilities in Canada. In addition to taking physical measurements from participants, such as blood pressure, investigators will conduct face-to-face interviews and take noise measurements inside and outside homes to validate sound modelling. Study results are expected to be published in 2014.
12 Jul 2012

Wind farm opponents welcome study on health effect

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.
10 Jul 2012

Turbines drone on ignored at all levels

The Ministry of Environment recently did some noise testing at my house. For the entire testing period, the noise level was never below 40 decibels and often over 60 decibels. Absolutely nothing has been done to deal with this problem. ...People living near these wind turbines have been suffering health problems because of these turbines. Some health problems are very severe.
23 Feb 2012
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