Children’s health should be protected: Carmen Krogh on ERT dismissal of Mothers Against Wind Turbines appeal

Carmen Krogh (L) receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Cheryl Gallant
Carmen Krogh (L) receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Cheryl Gallant

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



Clark Kent

There was enough evidence to prove that the noise levels would exceed 40 dBA, but this evidence was not allowed at the hearing. The wind company used incorrect data for the noise modelling, but this was ignored by the tribunal. It is suspicious when more than 10 other wind farms world-wide use a sound power level of 106 dBA for the same turbine but this wind company uses 104.8 dBA. The ministry legislation states that the sound power level must be rounded to the nearest whole number but the ministry approved 104.8 dBA. Using 104.8 dBA for the sound power level predicts that 14 homes will be at exactly 40.0 dBA. If the correct sound power level of 106 dBA is applied, more than 200 homes will be above the 40 dBA limit.

This is a sad situation for all, but especially for the children.

Clark Kent

“Dr. McCunney said that he is unaware of any
scientific literature that suggests that wind turbine noise would adversely affect the
health of a child with these developmental disorders.”

Absence of scientific literature does not mean that adverse health effects will not occur. It means that studies must be done to prove that there will be no harm. In other words, stop the turbines until proper health studies have been completed.

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