Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County
P.O. Box 173
Milford, Ontario K0K 2P0
APPEC Appeal on Wind Turbine Harm to Human health
Milford, ON/ May 6, 2013 – An appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT), filed by the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC), will commence on May 8 on the basis of the serious harm to human health that will be caused by Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point wind project. The ERT hearing is focused on the serious health effects that nine wind turbines will inflict on residents living within 2 km.
In 2011, the Chatham-Kent ERT panel acknowledged that wind turbines can cause harm when sited too close. It also noted that Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King had failed to research “indirect” health effects in her 2010 review of scientific literature.
APPEC’s appeal will take into account the ERT’s guidance on the need to show harm to specific “receptors,” aka persons. It will present the latest acoustical, epidemiological and medical research, as well as the testimonies of 17 Ontario wind power victims. While previous ERT appeals featured a battle among experts, this time Ontario residents will recount the adverse health effects they personally experience when living next to wind turbines despite supposedly protective setbacks.
Three expert witnesses will provide supporting testimony: Dr. Robert McMurtry, an Order of Canada physician and surgeon with experience in delivery of health care, health care policies and health policy; Robert Thorne, Ph.D., an expert on environmental health with knowledge of acoustics and psycho-acoustics; and Dr. Sarah Laurie, a general practitioner and CEO of the Waubra Foundation, with knowledge of Australian wind victims.
Considering the fate of numerous Ontario victims, it is outrageous that both the wind power industry and the Ontario government continue to deny the adverse health effects arising from noise annoyance, low-frequency sound, and infrasound. The symptoms include sleep disturbance, nausea, migraine, vertigo, loss of cognitive function, high blood pressure, and cardiac events. The consequences of prolonged exposure are well documented in medical literature. The Nissenbaum et al. peer-reviewed health study (Nov. 2012) indicates that a minimum of 2 km is required to protect from wind turbine emissions. Dr. Ray Copes, Director of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, stated in a 2010 internal email obtained through Freedom of Information: “studies support a causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.”
Although the legal test is onerous, the arguments and evidence presented by APPEC’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, will prove the inadequacy of Ontario’s setbacks and confirm the fact that Wind Turbines Harm Health.
The ERT’s decision will have enormous significance in terms of precedent, not just for Gilead’s project, but for wind development in Prince Edward County and throughout Ontario.
Given this context, APPEC is seeking funds from everyone who opposes unsafe wind power development in Ontario. Donations may be made through PayPal at http://www.appec.ca, or by cheque payable to APPEC Legal Fund and mailed to;
APPEC Legal Fund, PO Box 173, Milford, ON K0K 2P0.