Children’s health should be protected: Carmen Krogh on ERT dismissal of Mothers Against Wind Turbines appeal
Health researcher Carmen Krogh has prepared a commentary on the recent decision by the Ontario Environmental and Lands Review Tribunal to dismiss the appeal of the Niagara Region wind power project.
Among the grounds for appeal, was the danger to children. Area resident Shellie Correia presented evidence to show that her son would be adversely affected by the wind turbine noise and infrasound; the Tribunal chose evidence presented by Dr Robert McCunney who appeared for the approval holder over that of Ms Correia and her son’s physician. Dr McCunney is a specialist in occupational medicine with particular expertise in noise exposure. He is not a prediatrician and does not have preparation in neurology.
“Research indicates the fetus, babies, children and youth including those with pre-existing medical conditions and special needs are a vulnerable p[opulation group to the effects of noise exposure in general,” Krogh writes in her paper. “The World Health Organization comments it is not necessary to wait for full scientific proof before taking action ‘where there is a reasonable possibility that public health will be damaged’, she adds.”
This raises the question: will appellants and concerned families have to wait until children-based research is done that shows Renewable Energy Approvals WILL CAUSE harm to human health. Are there legal-ethical concerns?
Read the commentary here: Commentary_Ontario ERT Appeal Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc May 25 2015 FINAL