Nurses for Safe Renewable Power

Submission to Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, 2012

We applaud Health Canada for their commitment to conducting research on the health effects of industrial wind turbines (IWTs). We have heard from many nurses whose clients are adversely affected by living in close proximity to IWTs. Some have been driven from their homes. Others are forced to remain in their homes and suffer as they do not have the financial resources to abandon their houses and seek a safer, healthier place to live.

This is occurring around the world. In the U.S., for example, public health officials in Brown County Wisconsin, have actually called for emergency funding to support re-location of people impacted by IWTs.

In view of the widespread proliferation of IWTs, especially in Ontario, we urge the federal government to support the precautionary principle and call for moratorium on further IWT installations until the Health Canada study has been completed.

In terms of the study design we note the following concerns and suggestions for change:

We believe nurses, especially those practising in community health in areas where IWTs are prevalent, are important stakeholders in this process and should have a role on the advisory panel.

The proposed study has potential to contribute to our understanding of the impact of IWTs and to decision-making that will protect Canadians’ health and safety. We appreciate the opportunity to comment.