Cohocton Wind Watch: Further wind turbine health impacts study needed
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Further wind turbine health impacts study needed

Re: "Incredulity raised by wind farm concerns", Aug. 13, 2009

The writer sounds convinced of the immediate need for a comprehensive epidemiological study on the impacts of industrial wind turbines, for the writer states, "As to health studies: yes, studies should be done".

In giving her reasons why some people might speak out against the proposed industrial wind turbines, I believe the writer has completely misunderstood the seriousness of the impacts of low frequency noise emitted by industrial wind turbines on humans when the writer implies industrial wind turbines do little more than "…cause a hum…".

The writer mentions she "…lived next to several airports…". Unlike most airports, where arrivals and departures do not take place around the clock, presuming the wind speed falls within a certain range, the proposed industrial wind turbines — once commissioned — would operate 24-hours a day.

The writer states certain health symptoms "…may be attributed to a loss of sleep". I would recommend the writer (and other interested parties) take time to read, "Sleep disturbance and wind turbine noise", a report by Dr. C. Hanning (June 2009).

On page 17 of his report, Dr. Hanning states, "In my expert opinion, from my knowledge of sleep physiology and a review of the available research, I have no doubt that wind turbine noise emissions cause sleep disturbance and ill health." He also states, "The only mitigation of sleep disturbance from industrial wind turbine noise is a setback of at least 1.5 km and probably greater."

Let’s hope the provincial government will move quickly to have a comprehensive epidemiological study on the impacts of industrial wind turbines conducted prior to having any other industrial wind turbines installed anywhere in Ontario.

I guess that makes me a member of Ann Barlow's NIABYs ("Wind farm NIABYism: Not In Anyone's Back Yard", Aug. 14).

Debbie Lynch

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