Open Letter: Audit request for full disclosure of funding and health risks of wind turbine research on humans

To

Philip L. Bigelow, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Director, Graduate Studies

School of Public Health and Health Systems    University of Waterloo

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The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada    pm@pm.gc.ca

 

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of Health, Health Canada      minister_ministre@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

Ms Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario   kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org

 

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President University of Waterloo   president@uwaterloo.ca

 

Mr. D. George Dixon

Vice president, University Research

University of Waterloo    dgdixon@uwaterloo.ca

 

Ms Cheryl Gallant, MP    GallaC0@parl.gc.ca

 

Mr. John Yakabuski, MPP

john.yakabuski@pc.ola.org

 

David S. Michaud, PhD

Principal Investigator, Wind Turbine Noise Study

Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada

david.michaud@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

Mr. Brain Howe

President HGC Engineering        bhowe@hgcengineering.com

 

April 15, 2013

Re: Open Letter: Audit request for full disclosure of funding and health risks of wind turbine research

on humans

Dear Dr. Bigelow,

I understand that you are heading experimental research on Ontario residents who will be exposed to

industrial wind turbines at their homes.

You should already be aware that Health Canada (2010) 1 and other references 2,3,4,5,6 acknowledge

noise induced annoyance to be a health effect.

In a June 30 2009 letter Honourable Rona Ambrose, states:

“Health Canada provides advice on the health effect of noise and low-frequency electric and

magnetic fields from proposed wind turbine projects, particularly for environmental

assessments done under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. To date, their

examination of the scientific literature on wind turbine noise is that the only health effect

conclusively demonstrated from exposure to wind turbine noise is an increase of self-reported

general annoyance and complaints (i.e., headaches, nausea, tinnitus, vertigo).” 7

These “conclusively demonstrated” health effects are proposed and expected by representatives of

Health Canada. Dr. David Michaud and other members Health Canada’s Acoustics Division propose

increasing the percentage of Canadians highly annoyed by wind turbine noise.8,9,10

A 2009 panel report sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind

Energy Association determined “Wind Turbine Syndrome” symptoms such as headaches, nausea,

tinnitus, vertigo “… are not new and have been published previously in the context of

“annoyance”…” and are the “… well-known stress effects of exposure to noise …” or in other words

“…a subset of annoyance reactions…”. 11

In December 2011 the Ontario Ministry of Environment released a report prepared by HGC

Engineering and signed by Mr. Brian Howe.

HGC (2010) states in the conclusions:

“The audible sound from wind turbines, at the levels experienced at typical receptor distances

in Ontario, is nonetheless expected to result in a non-trivial percentage of persons being highly

annoyed. As with sounds from many sources, research has shown that annoyance associated

with sound from wind turbines can be expected to contribute to stress related health impacts in

some persons.” 12

 

Read full letter here    Open Letter Audit request for full disclosure of funding and health risks

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