Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq holds a news conference in Ottawa regarding safety of consumer products, Tuesday January 18, 2011. New rules giving the federal government the power to remove unsafe products from store shelves take effect Monday after years of hold-ups.Canada's Consumer Product Safety Act was proclaimed into law a year ago after years of being stalled in the legislative process, including objections in the Senate, and because of the frequency of federal elections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
TORONTO — Health Canada is planning a study to examine the possible links between wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the power-generating structures.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the research was prompted by concerns from residents living near wind farms about possible health problems related to low-frequency noise from the turbines.
The study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings selected from eight to 12 wind-turbine installations across Canada.
Researchers will assess residents’ blood pressure and take other physical measurements, conduct in-person interviews, and measure noise levels both inside and outside some homes.
The proposed research design is posted on Health Canada’s website for a 30-day public comment period, and feedback will be reviewed by the committee designing the study.
Results of the research are expected to be published in 2014.