Wind Turbines: Not a Health Problem

wind-turbinesDr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has officially declared that the wind turbines are not making people sick.

Some people living in Ontario have complained about dizziness, headaches and sleep disturbance.

The complaints prompted King’s office to conduct a review of previously published studies and when she put them together, she concluded that there isn’t any direct link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.

King added that the sound is not dangerous, but it may annoy some people. She noted “a key data gap” exists in Ontario – that is, a comparison of sound levels at residential areas around wind turbines versus other rural and urban areas. That could lead to an assessment of the actual ambient noise levels prevalent in Ontario.

This broad approach acknowledges the impact on health of practically anything is not isolated among species, and that something in the environment affecting humans can also affect animals and plants.

There is also a need to put emphasis on communicating about health, science, new technologies and issues that affect people broadly. Wind farms are a prime example. In isolation, they’re a technology-driven, renewable energy source with the potential to contribute to the greening of Ontario.