Acknowledge wind turbine health impacts: environmental health specialist to Ford government
Doctor reviews ‘potential hazards’ of exposure to wind turbine emissions
December 11, 2018
A physician who is a specialist in environmental health has written a letter to the Ontario government demanding action on the health impacts of Ontario’s industrial-scale or utility-scale wind turbines,
Dr. Riina Bray, Director of the environmental Health clinic at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital, listed various health impacts from wind turbine noise emissions and electricity issues, providing background resources for her statements. Her comments were directed specifically at the Niagara Region wind power project but are applicable throughout Ontario.
Dr. Bray said research has shown that noise emissions and other products of wind turbine operation can have multiple effects on human health.
“This cumulative effect of these various health impacting factors combined with the prevalence of IWTs across the province suggest that significant steps at various levels and in various areas need to be taken to:
1) widely acknowledge the potential risks that IWTs represent
2) fully respond to the thousands of demonstrated complaints of adverse effects of IWTs across the province
3) carefully measure noise, infrasound, and electromagnetic emissions in and around all of Ontario’s IWT installations
4) follow mitigative steps around electromagnetic pollution (high frequency distortion, ground current/stray voltage) as suggested by the wind industry’s own publications and by other noninvested experts
5) re-site IWTs to other locations without human populations when mitigation cannot be effectively undertaken.”
Dr. Bray, who is also an assistant professor in community health at the University of Toronto, concluded that “The risks for the short and long-term health of Ontarians of not undertaking such mitigating and remediating steps is significant.”
The letter was addressed to Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, several medical officers of health in Ontario, and officials at Hydro One Networks.
Read the letter here: Riina_Bray_IWT_Niagara