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Huron wind turbine study ongoing  

Credit:  By Vanessa Culbert | Bayshore Broadcasting | December 7, 2016 | www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca ~~

The Huron County Health Unit will undertake a wind turbine investigation.

Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Clark says the study will start early in 2017.

Dr. Clark says any household in Huron County within 10 kilometres of a single wind turbine is eligible for the study.

Eligible residents will receive an invitation in the mail with instructions on how to register and participate in the survey.

She adds, this is the third draft of the survey– and is much shorter than the other drafts.

Dr. Clark says once people register they will be asked seven questions.

She adds, participants will also be able to add complaints or symptoms they have experienced on an on-going basis.

Right now, the third draft of the study is out for review.

Dr. Clark says if there is no problems with the study, the methodology and analysis plan will go the University of Waterloo Research and Ethic Review Board.

She says at the end of each season, the data collected will be released on the health units website.

Dr. Clark says if they are able to identify a set of conditions of which people are more likely to experience problems they will take it to the Ministry or Health and Ministry of Environment.

Dr. Clark says the study will also look at weather conditions at the time of residents symptoms occurred.

Huron County is the only health unit that is undertaking an investigation, but Dr. Clark says other health units in the province are watching.

The health unit held a public meeting Tuesday night about the investigation and residents raised concerns about neighbours that are being paid by wind turbine companies for leasing their land and have signed non-disclosure agreements.

Dr. Clark says those residents are still eligible for this study as names will be kept confidential.

A second set of invitations to the study will be released in the in May so cottagers and snow-birds are aware of the study.

Source:  By Vanessa Culbert | Bayshore Broadcasting | December 7, 2016 | www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca

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