February 20, 2013(Queen’s Park)—Today, on the first day of regular business since the Liberals prorogued the Ontario Legislature 127 days ago, Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce) again tabled four separate motions calling for a moratorium on further wind development in Ontario.
Thompson tabled these motions for the second time on September 10th, but they were erased from the record when Dalton McGuinty closed the Legislature doors. The motions call upon the government to suspend all industrial wind turbine development in the province of Ontario until the federal health study is complete and the results are published, an economic viability study, an environmental impact study, and social health study has been completed.
“So much has happened since I tabled my motions last fall,” said Thompson. “We have found out through FOI documents from the Ministry of Environment that this Liberal government has known for years that there are significant health impacts from industrial wind turbines, but turned a blind eye and told the environmental officers who discovered these impacts to stand down.” continued
Open letter to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and Minister Aglukkaq seeking immediate relief and remedy from exposure to emissions from industrial wind projects.
The purpose of this letter is to seek an immediate relief and remedy from the pending exposure to the operating emissions of industrial wind projects which are under construction surrounding my home.
My home and immediate family will have 16 wind turbines located within 2 km of our home if they commence operation as planned. Commercial operation could be as early as June 2013. The closest turbine would be located immediately adjacent to my back field’s property line.
Simply put, I did not and do not grant consent for my family and my minor child to be exposed to the emissions from the Industrial wind turbines. There is no moral or legal basis to remove my ability or authority to grant this consent. It really is that simple.
My sense of urgency to avoid the exposure of threat from the wind projects is driven as a mother of a young child who has medical conditions that will make him even more sensitive and vulnerable. I am willing to provide more details on his medical history but only in a less open forum in order to protect his privacy.
Please protect my son, my family and my community.
Linda J Rogers RNEC
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitionerread full letter
Posted on 12/04/2011 credit Ontario Wind ResistanceI’m a 66 year old Canadian who is partly responsible for allowing the McGuinty government to put in place the Green Energy Act and by so doing removing the protection afforded by the various pieces of legislation to children such as you whose parents have seen fit to place you in danger from the health impacts of wind turbines. By setting what it deems to be acceptable setbacks and noise figures for those on property adjacent to wind turbine installations the Ontario government has acknowledged that anyone living closer than those setbacks or subject to noise levels higher than those referenced in legislation are at risk of health problems due to the wind turbine noise. As a child living on land that is leased to a wind project YOU have no such protection from the government acknowledged long term effects of wind turbine noise because there are no setback or noise standards relevant to your residence.
Much has changed since our centennial year of 1967 when Ontario proudly heralded this province as “A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow”. Lately thousands of Ontarians have given of their time and expertise in an attempt to ensure that Ontario remains a place where everyone is protected equally from the potential health impacts of wind noise. read full letter Sadly, Peter Lomath, father of 4 and now retired after 45 years working in sound measurement and audio communication
First, the Wind Industry has continually denied that wind turbines produce any LFN. This study showed that it does. At R-2 it was measured as clearly as if the turbine had left a fingerprint on the inside of the house.
Second, the Shirley study fully and completely corroborates Falmouth and fills the knowledge gap suggested by the MA study which was a literature review, not a hands-on field study. There is no reason to corroborate it again.
Third, the measurement of ultra low frequencies produced by mega turbines such as those at Shirley and proposed for Highland are the key to avoiding significant impacts to human health from wind turbines. As the Minnesota study concludes, the low frequencies must be studied further as part of the project planning. In the case of Forest, this study of the low frequency isopleths must be a part of an in-depth EIS, or the project must be redesigned with smaller turbines that are not likely to precipitate such severe health problems that people have no choice but to abandon their homes. These are precisely the studies that we recommended in our Shirley report and the EIS is a perfect way to obtain the information before the project is built; and
Fourth, the record as a whole in this case as well as the literature and case studies all over the world have suggested that people are leaving their homes because they are being exposed to significant levels of pulsating ultra low frequency sound produced by wind turbines.
Sincerely, Paul Schomer, PHD, P.E. Member; Board Certified, Institute of
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Dr. Sarah Laurie statement of evidence given at a recent court case (February 2013)
IN THE VICTORIAN CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL45. There is, however, human and animal research in the fields of infrasound and low frequency noise, which provide direct empirical experimental evidence that both infrasound and low frequency noise can cause a range of physiological stress effects and symptoms, many of which are also being reported by wind turbine residents. Sound in those frequencies is now being measured inside the homes of sick people, and preliminary data is showing direct correlation between certain frequencies and specific symptoms.46. One useful literature review detailing research into infrasound was conducted in 2001 by the United States National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, with the title “ Infrasound – Brief Review of toxicological Literature”. It is attached as annexure 5. Some of the animal studies listed show evidence of a physiological stress response, although generally the doses of infrasound are higher than those extremely limited data sets of full spectrum acoustic measurements inside and outside homes at existing wind developments, but the exposure durations are very short, in comparison to living 24/7 for 25 years beside a wind turbine development. The report makes it clear that there are significant knowledge gaps with respect to chronic exposure to infrasound at lower “doses” particularly, stating: “Examples of critical data gaps include a lack of high quality long-term experimental studies of infrasound, and inadequate characterization of environmental infrasound and accompanying higher frequency sound levels in community settings”an additional update and download entire document here
From StopTheseThings ,February 5, 2013
On his 3rd visit over 6-‐8 weeks during the spring of 2012, he quite emphatically declared that he was experiencing something called Wind Turbine Syndrome. At the time I inwardly rolled my eyes, but after conducting some research, I decided it might just be possible. To test this hypothesis, he and his wife went on a 3 week vacation, and within 1-‐2 days of being away from home, ALL his symptoms resolved. On return, the same distressing sensations gradually returned. This amelioration when away was confirmed dozens of times … he became aware that when the wind was coming out of the north or northwest he was particularly affected, and so arranged to sleep at a friend’s house on those nights … Generally he spent 3-‐4 nights away from home throughout the spring and summer of 2012, and on those nights felt and slept well.
I have seen 5 other individuals with similar syndromes, and it easy to imagine how this state could easily presage more chronic illness … depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, the list goes on … and all the pharmaceutical drugs that these maladies might eventually necessitate. I would be concerned for those whose nervous systems are sensitive and vulnerable … infants and small children, children with ADHD or autism spectrum syndromes, and constitutionally nervous adults.
Written testimony presented January 31, 2013, to the Vermont Senate Natural Resources Committee concerning S.30, a bill to establish a 3-year moratorium on industrial wind development in the state — provided courtesy of Vermonters for a Clean Environment. continue reading
SANDY REIDER MD
PO BOX 10
EAST BURKE, VT 05832
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Aglukkaq,
I am a published peer reviewed author on the subject of wind turbines and health effects. I am writing to you about the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study team apparent failure to provide full disclosure of the “health effect conclusively demonstrated” from exposure to wind turbine noise.
In 2009 Health Canada examined the scientific literature on wind turbine noise and determined the health effect “conclusively demonstrated” from exposure to wind turbine noise is an increase of self-reported general annoyance and complaints (i.e., headaches, nausea, tinnitus, vertigo).
Members of Health Canada’s acoustics division propose wind turbine sound levels of 45dBA and predict an increase in the percentage of Canadians highly annoyed.
Based on peer reviewed studies wind turbine sound pressure levels of 45 dBA will result in a non-trivial percentage of persons can be expected to be highly annoyed. The sound from wind turbines can be expected to contribute to stress related health impacts in some persons. Despite these acknowledgements the Nova Scotia Minister of the Environment indicated in 2012 Health Canada has provided information that wind turbines are safe from a human health perspective.
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Risks of harm associated with energy facilities
A commentary by Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
February 8, 2013
Canadians have asked me “who is protecting our health” and “how can the government do this to us?”
§ There are expectations that federal and provincial systems are in place to protect health;
§ Canada has subscribed to several overarching international principles which affirm rights to health;
§ The federal government states the “installation and siting of wind turbines in Canada falls within the purview of the provincial and territorial governments”;
§ Canadians seeking remedy or resolution to negative effects of wind energy facilities are “bounced’ from one bureaucratic process to another;
§ Indications are that policy supersedes health protection;
§ Once the wind energy facilities start operating, there does not appear to be remedy or resolution and both federal and provincial governments, are perceived as indifferent to those reporting negative health and social-economic impacts;
§ Subjecting non-consenting individuals to an exposure which is known or suspected to have adverse health effects and then studying these individuals while exposing them to the contaminant raises ethical issues;
§ The assurance that the “government is committed to protecting health of Canadians with respect to renewable energy sources” do not seem to be implemented to the satisfaction of those negatively affected.continue reading and download entire pdf document
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