The first international symposium on the global wind industry and adverse health effects took place last week. Noise and health experts from around the world participated. Many municipalities sent representatives. Unfortunately, no-one from the Ontario government or the wind industry chose to attend.
The highlight of the conference was the presentation of Dr. Michael Nissenbaum’s controlled studies, which clearly indicate that the noise from wind turbines does indeed cause sleep disturbance and other health problems, even when located as far as two kilometres away. Acclaimed researcher Dr. Eric Salt presented groundbreaking work on how the ear responds to the low-frequency sound emitted by industrial wind turbines.
There are many arguments for and against how much impact industrial wind turbines have on communities in terms of the economy, environment and tourism. However, the myth that industrial wind turbines do not cause harmful health effects has now been laid to rest, according to these researchers. Governing bodies and industrial wind-turbine companies now have the information needed to create ethical policies around the placement of wind turbines.
A glossy brochure produced by Northland Power this summer, quotes the mayor of Iroquois saying, “Northland gets A+ as a neighbour.” I am urging Northland to be a good neighbour on McLean’s Mountain. Northland needs to work co-operatively with the families and communities who would be directly affected by the proposed turbines. Northland needs to show us that the locations of the proposed turbines are a minimum of 1,500 metres from our property lines. Northland needs to ensure that our well-being will not be jeopardized when we are in our homes, hunt camps, or dwellings.
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