When independent health researcher Carmen Krogh travels throughout Ontario, the one thing that strikes her is the idea that people–no matter how ill they have been made by the environmental noise and vibration for large-scale wind power facilities–still have faith that government at some level is protecting their health.But is it?Here is her independent commentary, and food for thought.
Who’s protecting our health?
Risks of harm associated with energy facilitiesA commentary by Carmen Krogh, BScPharmFebruary 8, 2013IntroductionSince January 2009, I am frequently in contact with those reporting serious health and social-economic consequences when industrial wind facilities are either operating or proposed in a quiet rural area and in close proximity to residents.Canadians have asked me “who is protecting our health” and “how can the government do this to us?”Others have commented they can’t believe the governments continue to approve projects.The purpose of this commentary is to briefly explore the expectations of the public, the role of the government of Canada and the provinces regarding renewable energy development; and the impact on rural Canadians when their living environment has been negatively altered.This commentary is divided into four parts:
- Part I: Expectations of the Public
- Part II: Government Feedback (federal and provincial)
- Part III: Government of Canada activities
- Part IV: Consequences to quiet rural communities
- Part V: ConclusionExecutive Summary
- There are expectations that federal and provincial systems are in place to protect health;
- Canada has subscribed to several overarching international principles which affirm rights to health;
- Who’s protecting our health? Risks of harm and wind energy facilities
- Any errors or omissions are unintended
- The federal government states the “installation and siting of wind turbines in Canada falls within the purview of the provincial and territorial governments”;
- Canadians seeking remedy or resolution to negative effects of wind energy facilities are “bounced’ from one bureaucratic process to another;
- Indications are that policy supersedes health protection;
- Once the wind energy facilities start operating, there does not appear to be remedy or resolution and both federal and provincial governments, are perceived as indifferent to those reporting negative health and social-economic impacts;
- Subjecting non-consenting individuals to an exposure which is known or suspected to have adverse health effects and then studying these individuals while exposing them to the contaminant raises ethical issues;
- The assurance that the “government is committed to protecting health of Canadians with respect to renewable energy sources” do not seem to be implemented to the satisfaction of those negatively affected.