Articles filed under Noise from Canada
Five years ago Krogh began researching Wind Turbine Syndrome and reaching out to other people who have become ill. She said their symptoms are caused by wind turbine noise, including audible noise and inaudible infrasound. In many cases, it's the noise and vibrations that keep people up at night, taking a serious toll on their health.
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."
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.
"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.
Monica Elmes deals daily with people who are experiencing negative health impacts due to turbines. She believes by the time any results of Health Canada's study are released, the number of turbines in Chatham-Kent will have doubled.
New scientific measurements reveal that industrial wind turbines (IWTs) in Ontario routinely exceed acceptable noise limits set by Ministry of Environment (MOE) guidelines.
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.
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.
The Progressive Conservative Party has obtained documents that show the Liberal Government has been aware of adverse health effect of wind turbines since 2009. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson says the documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information request.
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.
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.
The school is located in a residential neighborhood and people who live close by say they support sustainable energy, but draw the line at a turbine taller than the trees.
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."
Many political economists argue that environmental assessments and other regulatory regimes often fail to serve the public interest because the regulatory process tends to be "captured" by the concentrated interests - the fox ends up in charge of the henhouse. The history of Ontario's Green Energy Act makes their case.
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.
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.
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.
The county announced Friday that it has awarded a $25,000- contract to Janis Rod Environmental Consulting of Halifax, with recommendations to the county's planning advisory committee expected this spring. The company was one of seven that submitted bids on the study.
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.
The Link's Lynn Desjardins examines noise of turbines and the impact on nearby residences.