Citizen noise complaints spur public health investigation at Nation Rise
October 8, 2021
People living in the Finch-Berwick-Crysler areas of North Stormont began filing complaints about noise from the wind turbines in the 29-turbine Nation Rise power project well before it was commissioned in July.
As the turbines were being tested and run intermittently, there were complaints about noise, sound pressure and vibration, and reports of headache, feelings of pressure in the head and chest, and sleepless, fitful nights.
A resident living near Crysler wrote to Wind Concerns Ontario in March with this report:
Today I woke up at 5 am and got out of bed. Soon after I started to feel nauseous and dizzy. I became hot and sweaty and felt so unwell that I had to lie down on the floor for 15 minutes. I got up then felt chilled and had pressure in my chest. I was able to go back to bed and woke up a few hours later. I felt better and noticed 5 of the 6 turbines around my home were now not turning.
He added that when he left his home for a period of time, all his symptoms vanished. He is now in the care of a cardiologist.
Yesterday, a local newspaper reported that the Ontario government has launched an investigation into the noise complaints and reports of adverse health effects at Nation Rise.
This is a hopeful sign but if Ontario continues to use its outdated and ineffective noise measurement protocol, it will not be serving the interests of residents, or solving the problem.
As we have documented for the government many times, the entire regulatory process for wind turbines needs to be revised, and soon.
In the meantime, we encourage people to keep filing complaints, and to report adverse health effects to their physician and local health unit.
To report wind turbine noise, or any other effect thought to be connected to turbine operations, please call 1-866-MOE-TIPS or use the online reporting tool, here: Report Pollution | Ontario.ca (gov.on.ca)