In response to Health Canada’s announcement that it will undertake a study into the effects of industrial wind turbines on the health of some 2000 neighbours, the North American Platform Against Wind Power (NA-PAW) and the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), regrouping over 600 associations of windfarm victims worldwide, wish to remind the public that they have not been consulted on the matter. There is therefore a chance, in their view, that the study will be biased, as so many have been in the past.
The two federations of victims are encouraged to see Health Canada (HC) recognize that wind turbines may cause health problems. They have long advocated that serious, unbiased, independent studies be carried out on the affections being forced upon windfarm neighbors: sleep deprivation, headaches, nausea, high tension, palpitations, tinnitus, ear pressure, inability to concentrate, stress, depression, and a lower resistance to disease. But they remind the authorities that a moratorium should be imposed on windfarm construction until the results of the studies are known.
While the study is being conducted, and that may take two to three years, thousands more turbines will be installed at the expense of the health of Canadians, they note. “There is enough evidence right now to call a moratorium,” says Sherri Lange, CEO of NA-PAW. “Independent acousticians and physicians from around the world are urging the authorities to impose one. Why wait two or three more years? Much more damage will be done to the health of people in the interval, and this is unacceptable.” Indeed, the situation may be critical for the more vulnerable members of society who are forced to live close to wind turbines, and their emissions of low frequency noise and infrasound: children, the elderly, the disabled, persons with epilepsy, vertigo, or heart conditions, etc. “We cannot afford to have this highly charged health issue continue while studies are done,” claims Lange.
NA-PAW is calling for an immediate freeze on approved and/or pending projects, and for mitigation of turbine noise and infrasound where they are causing havoc in communities. “Compensation must be made to the countless victims who have been forced out of their homes, their farms, their workplaces, and to those that were not able to flee, and are going through a living hell ,” declares Sherri. “Windfarm developers and their supporters in government have created a terrible social injustice, and it must be rectified.”
NA-PAW welcomes any truth that may be brought to light by a CH study, but has not been encouraged to date by previous government-sponsored investigations into wind turbine noise. Mark Duchamp of EPAW indicates that studies in Europe have been less than forthright. “They seem to have their conclusions written before the study begins. The case of Denmark is particularly striking: it has been denounced by a renowned university professor and acoustician.” The windfarm victims would like assurances that this study will be conducted with the participation of acousticians and physicians approved by their federations. They will not recognize the validity of the usual biased investigations. And they want measurements to be made in their homes, of the full sound and infrasound spectrum. “It should not be limited to audible sound”, warns Duchamp. “We now know that low frequency noise and infrasound are the culprits.”
Health specialists who have recognized the ill health effects of windfarms:
Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, M.D., USA, Dr. Robert Thorne, PhD, Health Sciences and Acoustics, Australia, Richard James, INCE Acoustician, USA, Dr. Christopher Hanning, M.D., FRCA, MRCS, LRCP, Sleep Specialist, UK, Dr. Robert McMurtry, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C), F.A.C.S., Canada, Dr Arline Bronzaft, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, USA, Dr. Jeffery Armmini, PhD, Epidemiologist, Canada, Dr. Carl Phillips, PhD, M.P.P., Epidemiology and Public Policy, USA, Dr. Daniel Shepherd, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, New Zealand, Dr. Sarah Laurie, CEO, Waubra Foundation, Australia, Dr. Nina Pierpont, Author of “The Wind Turbine Syndrome”, USA, Dr. Mauri Johansson, Specialist in Community Health and Occupational Medicine, Denmark, Profesosr Henrik Moeller, Acoustic Specialist, Denmark, and more.
Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736 (Spain) Skype: mark.duchamp
Executive Director, EPAW
Sherri Lange +1 416 567 5115 (Canada)
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