by Claire Paller March 2014 download entire pdf file
1.2 Relevance and Significance
Currently in Ontario minimal research has been done to investigate the health impacts of industrial wind turbines on people living in their vicinity (Pedersen & Persson Waye, 2004). More specifically, one of the key gaps in evidence is the health effects from long-term exposure to low frequency noise from industrial wind turbines (Rideout et al., 2010).
In May 2012, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health concluded that there is a shortage of Canadian epidemiological evidence proving any cause and effect relationship between industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects (CMOH, 2010)
Study findings suggest that industrial wind turbines could have an impact on health. Using a sample of rural Ontario residents (although not necessarily representative of the target population), this study explored the quality of life (both physical and mental health) and sleep disturbance of residents living in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines. However, because of study limitations, there are many questions still to be answered before firm conclusions can be drawn. Based on the findings of this study it is recommended that further studies be carried out to examine the effects of low-level stressors, such as industrial wind turbine noise, on health. Specifically, study findings suggest that future research should focus on the effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep disturbance and symptoms of inner ear problems. Although the study findings could suggest that there is a possible association between various health outcomes and how far someone lives from an industrial wind turbine, it is important to remember that there are limitations to these conclusions.
Ontario Wind Turbine Health Study, University of Waterloo, Wind Victims Ontario webpage link