The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
Dear Dr. Bigelow,
I understand that you are heading experimental research on Ontario residents who will be exposed to industrial wind turbines at their homes.
You should already be aware that Health Canada (2010) and other references acknowledge noise induced annoyance to be a health effect.
Based on statements reportedly made by you it appears that your experiment intends to study Ontario residents “before” and “after” they are exposed to industrial wind turbines at their homes. These Ontario residents will likely include humans who do not consent to being exposed to wind turbine at their homes.
You reportedly stated that your research is “… a unique opportunity to look at the community before and after,”. The “unique opportunity” you plan to use for your “before” and “after” experiment is a man made living laboratory where the existing living environment will be intentionally altered with the introduction of wind turbine exposures such as noise pollution and shadow flicker.
Before conducting research on the health effects of a potentially harmful exposure human participates must be fully advised of all risks to human health.
Please confirm if you intend to provide participants in your research with full disclosure of all health risks from human exposure to wind turbines. Please confirm if you intend to provide full disclosure that you “…do agree that wind turbines will cause a non-trivial percentage of individuals living in areas around wind facilities to be highly annoyed.”
Please confirm if you have disclosed to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and/or the Government of Ontario and/or the Premier of Ontario and/or the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, and/or the Ontario Minister of Health, and/or wind energy developers and/or the Canadian Wind Energy Association that you “…do agree that wind turbines will cause a non-trivial percentage of individuals living in areas around wind facilities to be highly annoyed.”
Brett Horner, Killaloe ON download entire letter