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Zoomer Radio AM740November 13, 2014CanadaCanada

The Health Canada study: wind turbine noise causes health problems for many

Epidemiologist Joan Morris denounces the misleading conclusion that was published in many newspapers.

In a radio interview, reproduced below, Joan Morris says the HC study found that a statistically significant number of windfarm neigbours report "annoyance" such as migraines, high blood pressure, tinnitus, dizziness, poor sleep, stress, etc. Tests indeed found they had high blood pressure, and high levels of hair cortisol (an effect of stress).

The study estimated that, 550 metres from wind turbines, 25% of neighbours will be very or extremely "annoyed" ; and we know that the OMS found that "noise annoyance" can cause adverse health effects. By the way, some of the neighbours reported annoyance up to 2 km away from the turbines.

Mrs. Morris found the study to be confusing, lacking in objectivity, and relying heavily on modelling, which is itself based upon data published by the wind industry, not direct observation.

Epidemiologist Morris questions the real purpose of the study: is it to protect the health of Canadians, or to ensure the continued success and viability of the wind industry? Some wording she found in the report suggests the latter. This is hardly surprising, because near the end of the interview she reveals that the Canadian Wind Energy Association (the wind lobby) is a member of the Steering Committee named to supervise the HC study. Wind farm victims, on the other hand, are not represented.

Judge for yourself: play the podcast below.

Mark Duchamp

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