Category Archives: Adverse Health Effects

West Norfolk mother tells of blindness fears for son over wind farm scheme

This is the mother who says she will have to move if a controversial wind farm is built – or risk her nine-year-old son going blind.

Karen Robinson with her son Ronnie Robinson (9) in the garden at Clenchwarton Hall, showing the current view. ANL-150129-112536009
Karen Robinson with her son Ronnie Robinson (9) in the garden at Clenchwarton Hall, showing the current view. ANL-150129-112536009

Ronnie Robinson suffers from primary congenital glaucoma, asevere visual impairment in which his eyes cannot cope with changing light conditions.

Developers of the Ongarhill wind farm, which is due to be debated by the West Norfolk Council planning committee next week, say conditions attached to any permission, and technology on the turbines themselves, will prevent shadow flicker from affecting residents.

But Ronnie’s mum Karen says she has been warned by doctors that she will have to leave her home on Hall Road, Clenchwarton if the plan goes ahead, in order to save his sight.

She said any flicker would leave Ronnie at risk of becoming disorientated and banging his head. Continue reading West Norfolk mother tells of blindness fears for son over wind farm scheme

Dufferin County pursues environment assessment of wind farm transmission line

It will only go as far as Dufferin Wind Power’s transmission line is long.

County politicians, however, plan to hire a land surveyor to measure the length of the wind farm developer’s transmission line and see if the findings could trigger an environmental assessment (EA).

As per provincial regulations, any transmission line in Ontario exceeding a length of 50 km automatically requires an EA be conducted.

According to Dufferin Wind spokesperson Connie Roberts, the line running from Melancthon to Amaranth is 47.25 km long, but county council wants to find out for itself.

“The easiest thing I think you can start with is getting a survey. See how long that line actually is,” local resident Karren Wallace told county council on Thursday (Jan. 8). “What would the cost of a survey be? I don’t know, but what is the cost of regret?” Continue reading Dufferin County pursues environment assessment of wind farm transmission line

Township considers sound expert to deal with turbine complaints

West Lincoln committee mulls having technician on retainer

After an exhausting search, township officials have turned up at least one way to protect residents from industrial wind turbines.

Staff was directed by the previous council to undertake a review of township bylaws, as well as those of other municipalities, to determine if any additional regulations can be put into place that would protect residents from wind turbines.

As far as the township’s existing bylaws go, there is little that can be done. But a look to Plympton-Wyoming may have turned up one way to protect residents from the nuisance noise associated with turbines.

The Municipality of Plympton-Wyoming, near Sarnia, Ont., has passed a bylaw that requires an expert in decibel reading to deal with noise complaints. Should a noise exceed the allowable limits of the municipality’s noise bylaw, a fine can be applied. The municipality’s CAO confirmed to township staff they have a sound engineer on retainer to address complaints under the bylaw, should any occur. Continue reading Township considers sound expert to deal with turbine complaints

St. Anns – 24 turbines less than 5 km surrounding Atkins Pony Rides

468563_356701661043095_1185570960_oBelow is the submission made by Sue and Leon Atkins, which received applause by the more than 100 local residents who attended the Preliminary Hearing of the ERT appeal for the NRWC project in West Lincoln which was held in Wellandport Dec 19/2014.

The Atkins who own and run Atkins pony rides were granted presenter status.

Sue Atkins Quoted a notice she look a picture of while attending one of the NRWC community information presentations held in our area a while back.

“NRWC QUOTE:  If there are MORE than 5 turbines within 3 km of a noise receptor or if any turbines have a sound power level greater than 102 decibels,greater set back distances must be met and or noise studies must be completed.”

Then she asked. “Has anyone completed these noise studies? Has anyone meet these set back distances?”  Her response was “NO!”   There could also be heard murmurs of “NO” through out the audience in response to her questions as well.

As she points out below, 7 turbines are within 2 km of their farm.  10 are within 3 km and 24 within 5 km.   Sue Atkins is well within her right to question how this is possible in light of the NRWC PUBLIC notice reassuring residents that what is about to happen to them wouldn’t happen to anyone.   

Thank you to the Atkins for standing up and fighting !!  If you want to help the Atkins then helpMothers Against Wind Turbines Inc.. and donate to their Legal fund so we can keep this fight going for as long as we can!!  These are real members of our community, your community, coming forward and fighting!  Fighting not only for their livelihoods, their health, their home but fighting for everyone who potentially will be negatively affected by the NRWC project.

Human and animal alike…continue

to read Sue Atkins submission. 

Continue reading St. Anns – 24 turbines less than 5 km surrounding Atkins Pony Rides

Wind turbine fears discussed at preliminary hearing

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Sue Atkins says she has acoustic neuroma — a benign brain tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear.

 

Members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines, from left, Catherine Mitchell, Marianne Kidd, and Linda Rogers, discuss their appeal of a planned wind turbine project in West Niagara. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff
Members of Mothers Against Wind Turbines, from left, Catherine Mitchell, Marianne Kidd, and Linda Rogers, discuss their appeal of a planned wind turbine project in West Niagara. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff

 

 

Although it’s non-cancerous, she says it is continuing to grow and has resulted in hearing loss and the possible need for surgery. It has also made her particularly sensitive to infrasound, like the sound created by the huge spinning blades of industrial wind turbines.

But the rural St. Anns farm she shares with her husband Leon and their 29 ponies and horses will be within five kilometers of 24 huge industrial wind turbines if a provincially approved Green Energy Act development by Niagara Region Wind Corp. is allowed to proceed.

“We are really concerned at the fact that our small parcel of property is going to be surrounded by these wind turbines,” she says.

Continue reading Wind turbine fears discussed at preliminary hearing

Environmental tribunal a step to real law

Please consider donating to the MAWT Inc. legal Fund – we can only fight as far as the money allows us!  

It’s a battle they probably won’t win.

But it could be a necessary step towards winning the war.

download (1)There were more than 150 people at the Wellandport Community Centre Friday, and that was just for a preliminary hearing to determine who would speak and about what during an Environmental Review Tribunal looking into concerns about a large wind turbine development, scheduled to start a month from now on Jan. 19.

Although Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. president Marianne Kidd fears the tribunal hearings to come may prove to be a “kangaroo court,” she said“there’s nowhere else to go.” Continue reading Environmental tribunal a step to real law

Family in West Lincoln Suffering Ill Health Effects from Wind Project 4.7 km away!!

odds of getting sickHere is a letter sent to Jim Vandenboogaart from Brown County from a Resident in West Lincoln who lives just east of the HAF Wind Project.  The HAF wind project is a “5” turbine project that has just recently started spinning and already there are reports of ill health effects.  What are the odds that more families will suffer ill effects if “77” even larger turbines of the NRWC wind project are built?   

Brown county – Winconsin Wind Turbines declared Health Hazard

You are world leaders – my family and I thank you

My family and I are located in West Lincoln to the east of the HAF Wind project. Weeks after the Wind Turbines started spinning,  I started to have a ringing noise in my ears,  beginning very suddenly waking me up one night.  After this, they would ring 15 minutes duration some days, then 45 minutes more days and later pretty much all day every day at varying levels. (Often loud enough to be heard over conversations I was in.)

After approx. 4 months of this, suddenly again as I woke up for work at 5am Thurs, Oct 16, I suddenly had vertigo which took me off my feet. This continued when I moved my head certain ways and persists to this day. 

I have seen my family practitioner who after become questions and a brief exam concluded it is likely I have Meniere’s disease. I was prescribed Teva-betahistine which I took to its completion and this did not make a difference.

My past is no allergies and no significant issues. I have not missed a shift of work in 13 years and historically have not had much need to see a doctor. I also went to a clinic critical care and after a 40s eye inspection was told I have Benign Positional Vertigo, but again, the “Use as needed” medication made no difference. One daughter’s ears ring from time to time now too and a second just displayed symptoms of a migraine for the first time ever.

I know neither of these doctors have significant knowledge of Wind Turbines and the cyclic infrasound they can emit. I can hear/feel a noise/vibration in my bedroom many nights when it is quietest which is unique in that it is very subtle, can be felt more than heard and appears to propagate not through the air,  but through the ground and up through the structure of our home. I do a very good job of ignoring this noise/vibration and the ringing in my ears.

I have had somewhat unique hearing in that I can hear higher frequencies than most people.  I have an Electronics background and was able to hear the noise emitted by an insect repelling device outside the old location of the Keg restaurant in Burlington that only one other person I know out of 40 I was there with could hear and for me it was so loud that I could feel it in my neck.

It was not easy to find how to do this, but I have been reporting these issues to our local MoE&CC office. The guidelines they’ve been provided – only to look for exceedance of a loud amplitude of audible noise, completely discards infrasound and characteristics being multi-cyclical. They also do not reply to any concern outside 1,500 meters away.We are 4.7km away from the nearest Wind Turbine.

With other study including yours noting such harmful effects, and my noticing that my vertigo is worse when the noise/vibration is its most intense and when I don’t have a furnace fan running all night to fill in the gaps, I feel completely let down, even infringed upon by those charged with our well-being and using in part our money to do so.

I am happy that is not the case in Brown County, Wisconsin. Between that and the Packers, you are on our radar should we relocate!

Thank you

M.J. with family, West Lincoln, ON,  Dec 2014

Continue reading Family in West Lincoln Suffering Ill Health Effects from Wind Project 4.7 km away!!

Health Canada study: Ontario wind turbine rules not protecting citizens

December 3, 2014

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Health Canada study: Ontario wind turbine rules not protecting citizens

The results of a Health Canada study released November 6 show that Ontario is not protecting the health of residents living near wind turbines, and that longer setbacks between the wind turbines and homes are required.

Health Canada’s summary of its Wind Turbine Noise and Health study results included the fact that responses to the study’s questionnaire show participants reporting experiencing distress or annoyance when wind turbine noise was at 35 decibels/dBA.   Current Ontario regulations are based on the World Health Organization Night Noise limit of 40 dBA but that limit was designed solely for traffic and airport noise.  Continue reading Health Canada study: Ontario wind turbine rules not protecting citizens

Mothers appeal turbine approval

NRWC given green light to erect 77 turbines

WEST LINCOLN — Despite government approval, a group of West Lincoln resident continues to fight impending industrial wind turbines.

Mothers appeal turbine approval Toronto Star photo Mothers Against Wind Turbines has filed an appeal against by Niagara Region Wind Corp.plans to erect 77 wind turbines, the majority of which will be located in West Lincoln.
Mothers appeal turbine approval
Toronto Star photo
Mothers Against Wind Turbines has filed an appeal against by Niagara Region Wind Corp.plans to erect 77 wind turbines, the majority of which will be located in West Lincoln.

Earlier this month the provincial government gave the green light to a wind farm planned by Niagara Region Wind Corp. The company plans to erect 77 wind turbines with the majority located in the township. Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. is doing anything but accepting the approval and has filed an appeal the project.

The appellants allege they have several grounds to prove the proposed project will cause “serious and irreversible harm to plants, animals and the natural environment” — which is what the tribunal can make decisions based on. MAWT alleges the project could harm butterflies and an endangered tree species within the project study area. They say that studies on both by the proponent are incomplete and that site surveys for several natural features were not conducted.

The group also alleges the project will harm human health, alleging that more than 600 people will be experience negative health effects from the turbines and that the project is a violation of rights granted to all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Continue reading Mothers appeal turbine approval

Legal battle over Ontario wind turbine farm may redefine ‘harm’

The right to be free from chronic annoyance is at the heart of a legal challenge that could shake Ontario’s multibillion wind-energy business, and limit other industrial development in rural areas.

Wind turbines spin at a wind farm on November 17, 2014 near Brieselang, Germany. Ontario has 62 separate wind farms approved or proposed, under rules that allow them to be built 550 metres from homes, and at a noise level of up to 40 decibels in rural areas – the level at which the adverse health effects of annoyance set in, according to the World Health Organization. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Wind turbines spin at a wind farm on November 17, 2014 near Brieselang, Germany. Ontario has 62 separate wind farms approved or proposed, under rules that allow them to be built 550 metres from homes, and at a noise level of up to 40 decibels in rural areas – the level at which the adverse health effects of annoyance set in, according to the World Health Organization.
(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It pits a family whose farming history goes back a century in Southwestern Ontario against the provincial government, and a consortium known as the K2 Wind Power Project, which includes global companies such as Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

No evidence shows wind turbines directly harm human health.

But “community annoyance” lasting a year or more and associated with nearby turbines has been linked to headaches, sleep problems, dizziness and high blood pressure, in a study whose summary was released by Health Canada early this month. Continue reading Legal battle over Ontario wind turbine farm may redefine ‘harm’