APPEC Letter to Hastings and Prince Edward County Medical Officer of Health


Dr. Richard Schabas, Hastings and Prince Edward County Medical Officer of Health

The following open letter was sent to Dr. Richard Schabas, Hastings and Prince Edward County Medical Officer of Health. It is to inform Dr. Schabas  of recent medical literature on adverse health effects in the environments of industrial wind turbines. The articles can also be found here:

Diagnostic criteria for adverse health effects in the environs of wind turbines
Industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects

Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County
P. O. Box 173

Milford, ON
K0K 2P0
October 20, 2014
Dr. Richard Schabas
Prince Edward Hastings Medical Officer of Health 
179 North Park Street
Belleville, ON K8P 4P1

Dear Dr. Schabas:
This letter is public and may be shared.

As our Medical Officer of Health you no doubt want to be kept appraised of the most current information available on the effects of wind turbine infrastructure on human health and well-being.   

It may interest you to know that the October 5, 2014 Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM Open) includes a new reference: Diagnostic criteria for adverse health effects in the environs of wind turbines”.   We encourage you to share this article with colleagues in order to inform their consideration of diagnostic criteria and for the purposes of peer reviewed references. 

You may also be interested in the report in The Canadian Medical Association Journal of Rural Medicine entitled: “Industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects.” This report acknowledges the impact of wind turbine infrastructure on those living in the environs of these projects.  
Both of the aforementioned reports are attached.

With a few notable exceptions medical authorities in Ontario are not as well-informed on this topic as they are in other jurisdictions in North America and abroad.  We are concerned that this lack of awareness is putting members of the public at risk.   The APPEC board would be delighted to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss what is being done by those who are entrusted to protect our health.   
I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the concerns.  
Gord Gibbins
Chair, APPEC

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