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No Causal Link Between Wind Turbines And Human Health

wind turbine in Toronto
Studies indicate no link between wind turbines and human health.
(cc) Gemma Grace

Do large wind turbines adversely affect human health? Not according to a growing body of studies and panels of international experts, including a recent study by the Institut national de sante publique du Quebec (INSPQ) (National Public Health Institute of Quebec).

The INSPQ study, which was made public in September 2009, concludes that “the infrasound generated by wind turbines is not of sufficient intensity to cause health problems, or even a nuisance.” All the authors of this study were members of a working group, the Wind Turbines Committee, formed by the Table nationale de concertation en sante environnementale (TNCSE) (National Issue Table on Environmental Health).The study is available on the INSPQ web site at www.inspq.qc.ca/pdf/publications/1015_EoliennesSantePublique.pdf

In December 2009 an international panel of experts jointly established by the Canadian and American Wind Energy Association released a report based on a review of a significant body of scientific literature on sound and health effects, and specifically with regard to sound produced by wind turbines. This multidisciplinary panel concluded sounds or vibrations emitted from wind turbines have no adverse effect on human health.The panel’s objective was to provide an authoritative reference document for those who make legislative or regulatory decisions about wind farm development projects. The study is available at http://www.canwea.ca/pdf/talkwind/Wind_Turbine_Sound_and_Health_Effects.pdf

“The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) supports the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in Canada,” says its president, Robert Hornung. “These studies address concerns and answer questions about the effects of wind turbines on human health. The wind energy industry in Quebec and in Canada remains proactive and ensures that wind energy developments become good neighbours in the communities that have adopted wind energy.”

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its more than 450 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the country’s electricity from wind by 2025.

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