June 3, 2013
Prince Edward Island

Health Canada including residents near Summerside’s wind farm in health study

Mike Carson | The Guardian | June 3, 2013 | www.theguardian.pe.ca

The Summerside wind farm is one area being included in a study on the health of 1,200 people who live near wind turbines.

Health Canada, which is partnering with Statistics Canada on the study, said there is currently insufficient scientific evidence to conclude whether there is a relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and harm to human health.

The agency continues to review emerging scientific evidence. Should new evidence become available that supports a direct link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects, the department said it will review the research and work with the responsible authorities to address those concerns.

Statistics Canada is conducting the sampling techniques for the study. Geoff Bowlby, director of statistical surveys, Statistics Canada, said while proximity to wind turbines is one criteria for being included in the study, not all the Summerside wind farm’s neighbours will be asked to participate.

Researchers will measure blood pressure, heart rates and sleep patterns of those chosen for the study. They will also measure the levels of cortisol in the hair of people involved. Cortisol is produced under stress conditions, either psychological or physical and prolonged exposure can lead to health problems.

URL to article:  https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/06/03/health-canada-including-residents-near-summersides-wind-farm-in-health-study/