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.