Submission to Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, 2012
I would like to bring to your attention the very important issue of land typography and its needed attention in your study design and methodology.
At present, there is a project proposed for the Nor'Wester Mountains in Thunder Bay, ON which is to be on a 600 foot escarpment facing a rock-face with homes in the valley below. I understand the computer models that Wind companies use are all based on flat land and do not consider land typography. I understand the computer models also underestimate noise levels. This is of great concern to our community as there is a school and over 750 homes in the valley below.
Please consider including land typography as it pertains to wind turbine noise travel. There is very little research in this area.
In addition, please consider the following variables:
- shadow flicker needs to be addressed as although maximum amounts exist in places like Denmark (10 hours max. per year), Ontario has no limits. Is this a factor contributing to illness?
- must consider areas in Ontario for study that are comparable to others studied (ie. turbine size and distance)
- seasonal differences need to be considered
- people who have left their homes or who are subject to "gag" orders need to be studied
- one week of study for sleep disturbance is clearly not enough
Thanks for undertaking such an important study area and I wish you well in your research design efforts. As a qualified Pychometrist, I understand the complexities involved and how important it is to properly design a study.
1855 Loch Lomond Road
Thunder Bay, ON