The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
May 15, 2013
Dear Minister Aglukkaq,
Re: Risk of Harm to Children and Industrial Wind Turbines
This submission is being made regarding risk of harm to a child associated with exposure to a wind energy facility. This facility is not yet operational but approval for the facility is pending.
This submission is made on behalf of the Correia family from Ontario, Canada. The family raises concerns about their son who will be at risk from exposure to a wind energy facility. Included is a commentary by a specialist physician regarding risk factors associated with the Correia’s son.
I have forwarded a number of submissions, both public and confidential, to the Minister, Health Canada on behalf of other families who had expressed concerns for their children and grand-children. In addition, I have provided several submissions, public and confidential, with examples of increased vulnerability associated with pre-existing medical conditions such as autism, respiratory conditions and other when industrial wind turbine facilities are sited in close proximity to family homes and schools. These have been copied to the Principle Investigator of the Wind Turbine Noise study as part of the peer review proces
The Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment comments on the use of the precautionary principle i.e. prevention:
Policies that may protect children’s health or may minimise irreversible health effects should be implemented, and policies or measures should be applied based on the precautionary principle, in accordance with the Declaration of the WHO Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Budapest in 2004.
Regarding precaution, the World Health Organization states:
“…where there is a reasonable possibility that public health will be damaged, action should be taken to protect public health without awaiting full scientific proof.”
There is an opportunity for Health Canada to invoke the precautionary principle and assist with protecting the Correia’s son. Until guidelines are established that protect human health and social-economic viability, no further development of wind energy facilities should occur and existing sites reporting health issues should be resolved to the satisfaction of the those reporting health impairment or risk factors.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Correia family from Ontario,
Carmen Krogh, BScPharm