Ottawa to study possible health effects generated by wind turbines

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Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. — Canadian Press file photo

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.

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Organizations: Health Canada

Geographic location: Ottawa, TORONTO

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  • Lisa
    July 10, 2012 - 19:19

    Who's been using wind-turbine for years ? Maybe we could use their data !....Save a few dollar ! It's a good thing that we have the tar sands to rely on...saving us from the noise! Maybe we could put the turbines in the woods like the pipelines. gurgling oil or low-frequency noise...hmm