A group trying to keep wind turbines out of Plympton-Wyoming has questions about the results reported from Health Canada’s recent wind turbine noise and health study.
Findings from the study examining 1,238 participants living within two kilometres of wind turbines in Ontario and Prince Edward Island said no evidence was found supporting a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and human health.
It did find a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and annoyance.
A press release from Health Canada said the “findings from this study do not provide definitive answers on their own and must be considered in the context of a broader evidence base.”
Santo Giorno, a volunteer with We’re Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW,) said, “What they announced last week was a summery of what someone thinks is in the Health Canada study, it wasn’t the actual study.”
The study itself hasn’t been peer reviewed yet, leaving many questions unanswered, Giorno said.
“We really don’t have the study to evaluate. All we really have is someone’s interpretation of what’s in the study.”
Giorno said he saw several contradictions in what Health Canada itself reported about the study results.
“We really can’t get a good handle on it until the final report is released and people who are conversant in this type of statistical study can get a look at it and say, ‘Did they do a proper job?'”
Giorno added he didn’t did have high expectations for the study when it was launched by Health Canada because the agency said it wasn’t going to be able to prove a definite link between turbine noise and health.
“By the same token, they’re not going to be able to prove that there isn’t a link,” Giorno said.
“They were very upfront about it.”
Giorno pointed to comments made by Dr. Hazel Lynn, the medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce, who noted the study doesn’t include people who moved after turbines were built because they couldn’t stand the noise.
“So, there’s a fairly significant portion of the population who are very highly affected by the wind turbines, who weren’t included,” Giorno said.
“What does that do to the results?”
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