Feb 12, 2013

By Jane Brown

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There is negative reaction to a Health Canada report on wind turbines from at least one expert.   Health Canada says it has tweaked its methods for a study on the possible link between wind farms and the adverse health effects reported by those living near them.

Researcher Carmen Krough studies the effects of industrial wind facilities.  She told the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back,  the government’s report misses the human element. “We’re not computers, we have physical responses that you can’t predict by computer.  And we’re individuals, and we have groups that have more vulnerabilities like children, and pregnant women and elderly people, people with already preexisting medical conditions.  So how can you say that something predicted in a sound model environment is going to avoid a health problem?”

There are about 140 land based wind farms in Canada, most of them in Ontario and Quebec.  The study is being conducted by a team of more than 25 experts in acoustics, health assessment and medicine, including four international advisors.  Results are expected late next year.

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