More Reviews of Reviews do not equal an investigation of peoples’ complaints
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2015
Toronto ON/ On April 9 the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) will release a report in Canada evaluating the literature on the impacts of wind turbine noise on human health called Understanding the Evidence: Wind Turbine Noise.
The group Canadians for Radiation Emissions Enforcement (CFREE) wants the endless reviewing of the literature on wind turbines and health to cease.
“The people of rural Canada don’t want any more expert reviewers reviewing other expert reviewers year after year”, says Shawn Drennan spokesperson for CFREE. “We are at a crossroads with the wind industry. We want action. The government of Ontario is plowing ahead with the planned 6000 industrial scale wind turbines while communities are desperate to be heard and protected. Why is the Radiation Emitting Devices Act – a Law created to protect Canadians from acoustical waves such as those emitted by wind turbines – being ignored?”
“How many people in rural Canada need to complain and suffer from the operation of wind turbines before justice takes hold?” Drennan added.
“Added to this is the fact that the CCA panel of experts, supported by the federal government and including a member of the wind industry lobby, has no mandate to investigate any individuals reporting health effects for this report. Where do we the public fit in?” adds Drennan.
It is prescribed in the REDA that if an importer or operator of a device such as a wind turbine is made aware of risk of personal injury or impairment of health they must “forthwith notify the Minister” [of Health for Canada]. CFREE asks why wind developers did not follow this law seven years ago when people first reported problems to them about the impacts of the noise emitted from turbines operating in their vicinity.
“If developers had complied with the law and reported the complaints to Health Canada, investigations would have been carried out back then before the Green Energy Act. This could have advanced the understanding a long time ago and avoided risk of harm to those living close to these facilities” said Joan Morris, an epidemiologist and Chair of CFREE.
Drennan adds, “So here we are seven years later- more reviews of the reviews while the problems have not gone away but have become more grievous for the people suffering in rural Canada.”
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