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Sarnia The Observer|Nick Dunne|July 23, 2019
CRYSLER — A North Stormont woman is concerned about potentially harmful dust clouds blown onto her property and those around her as access roads are being built for the Nation Rise Wind Farm.
Laurie Harkin-Chiasson was shocked to learn the dust billowing from the construction contained Portland 10 cement powder, which can cause skin and respiratory irritation and serious eye damage. Harkin-Chiasson said she and her neighbours weren’t notified of the construction on July 11, when she warned her neighbour who was walking with her infant in a stroller as the clouds came through, nor were they notified on July 15 when construction resumed nearby her home.
“I’ve taken it upon myself to stand up for my community,” she said.
The clouds came from a soil-stabilization procedure being done to build the access roads to the 29 wind turbines. The procedure involves removing the topsoil and blending the soil below with cement, before covering the surface gravel to secure the floor for paving.
“I could feel it in the back of my throat,” said Harkin-Chiasson.
The safety data sheet (SDS) from Lafarge, a cement and concrete company, said long- and short-term exposure to the dust of Portland 10 cement can cause severe skin burns, eye damage and may cause respiratory irritation. It may also cause acute silicosis, which “results from short-term exposure to very large amounts of respirable crystalline silica,” according to the SDS sheet.
Harkin-Chiasson has taken the matter to EDP Renewables, the company that owns the wind farm, along with North Stormont council, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Labour.
According to Harkin-Chiasson, it took two calls to the ministry before the EDP began sending notices.
She was particularly angered when she was told through the ministry the company had offered to wash the cars of those affected by the dust.
“Our community’s health and safety is at risk. I was so insulted,” Harkin-Chiasson said.
Residents have reported being exposed to cement dust used for access road construction for Nation Rise wind. BOREA is the on-site construction company hired by EDP Renewables. EDP was awarded a renewable energy approval on May 4, 2018. BOREA is the same company, named among other defendants, in the West Lincoln $10 million personal injury and damage lawsuit currently being heard before the courts.
During the construction of Niagara Wind residents were forced to seek emergency health care after becoming ill after exposure to dust from that project’s construction.
Is history being repeated?
Video posted by Nation Valley News July 14, 2019
Photos of construction of access road for Nation Rise Wind, July 2019
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Trekking on vacation and traveling the message
Infrasound is found within our natural environment but it is the emissions generated by sources such as industrial wind turbines that are raising concerns. There are growing reports of adverse health symptoms from residents whose homes are adjacent to electrical generation complexes powered by the wind. The following letter points out negative health effects arising from exposure to man- made sources of infrasound were known and studied prior to current day rapid expansion of wind powered installations.
I congratulate Seneca County for being selected to participate in one of the largest experiments to determine the effects of infrasound on human organ systems. With large numbers of massive wind turbines planned in this densely populated county, medical effects on internal organs can be analyzed.
The size of the proposed wind turbines ensures the generation of low-frequency infrasound. The proximity of wind turbines to schools guarantees that as children age, internal organ deterioration can be compared to child control groups from similar demographic locations lacking wind turbines. After 10, 20 and 30 years, researchers can evaluate effects on human internal organs from infrasound. This is important, because western scientific research and medical literature has little written concerning short, or long-term infrasound effects on human organs such as lung, heart and kidney.
However, infrasound effects on internal organ tissue have been studied by numerous researchers in the former Soviet Union. They found that infrasound waves cause significant changes to heart tissue and other internal organs.
In the 1990s, European investigators studied internal organs in animal subjects and human workers exposed to infrasound. They found significant changes in lung tissue and heart pericardium. The authors also were concerned with potential damage to internal kidney structures.
In January 2018, German researchers presented results concerning infrasound effect on cardiac tissue contractility. They found cardiac tissue exposed to infrasound decreased tissue contractility by 25 percent.
Seneca County wind farm companies state that wind farm sound levels will only approach 55dbA. That information is misleading concerning infrasound. The“A” designation is a filtration formula including only audible sound between 20Hz and 20,000Hz. Infrasound is defined as occurring between 0-20Hz and is not identified with the dbA formula.
With multitude turbines planned, decibel level determination may be problematic. Overlapping sound wave energies add together, similar to overlapping ripples on water from multiple stones dropped simultaneously. Some waves cancel out. Other waves enlarge. Wind turbine numbers become directly proportional to infrasound wave energy multiplication. Also, infrasound waves are stable, traveling great distances.
For those interested in their own personal research on infrasound effects, information was obtained for this letter from the PubMed website (Key words: infrasound AND heart, or infrasound AND physiological effects) and the Wikipedia website. Soviet research, translated from Cyrillic, was obtained from the archives at The National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Retired Capt. Michael T. Curran,
Mothers Against Wind Turbines was founded by mothers whose children have a range of disabilities most which fall into the Autistic Spectrum. Our children struggle with everyday exposures to light, sound, and movement naming a few, among many challenges. Many of our families have purposely chosen to live in quiet rural areas to provide our children the best environment to grow and thrive so they can achieve their best potential in life.
With the installation of wind powered generation facilities adjacent to our homes and in our communities we are faced with the unrelenting intrusion and trespass by industrial wind turbines and its associated infrastructures discharging light, noise, movement, electrical emissions into the most intimate of places that should be one of security, peace and our children’s sanctuary.
The following article talks about research of noise impacting living spaces and what that means for vulnerable populations such as those with autism, the elderly or those who are noise sensitive.
“Perceptual comfort means that the acoustics falls in ranges that people consider comfortable, clear, pleasant,”
In 2019, consider experiencing deep quiet outdoors. … this article overstates interior sound levels (“probably about 30 dBA”) … interior levels (absent hvac) are typically below 20 dBA …30 dBA is used as a regulatory indoors noise limit in Vermont. https://t.co/AcntfGGiuV
— Robert Rand (@robertwrand) December 28, 2018
Take a moment and think about the quietest room you’ve ever laid down in; the quietest, stillest place you’ve ever been. No matter how peaceful, how serene, there was still some sound: the rush of water in pipes, the hum of electricity in the walls, the breeze gently blowing, insects chirping; the ambient noise of nature, of life.
If you take a 15-minute car ride from downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find a nondescript concrete building with ivy climbing its exterior walls. Orfield Laboratories sits a block away from a bowling alley called Memory Lanes and directly across the street from Skol Liquors. Inside Orfield Laboratories is an anechoic chamber that has been certified by Guinness as the quietest place in the world.
That still bedroom you were in? The ambient noise was probably about 30 dBA, or A-weighted decibels — the relative loudness of sound perceived by the human ear. This is a logarithmic scale, so every 10 dBA, you’re either doubling or halving the loudness or quietness. At zero dBA, the human ear can no longer perceive sound. The anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories was certified by Guinness at -9.4 dBA in 2004 and -13 dBA in 2013, both for one hour measurements. But over shorter periods, they’ve conducted tests on the chamber that have given readings of up to between negative 22 and negative 23 dBA.
That’s just in terms of what instruments can read in the room. The human ear has no way of telling that difference in sound (or lack thereof). If a room or chamber is 0 dBA or lower, you won’t hear anything. Nothing at all. The difference between -9.4 dBA and -23 dBA sounds the same to our pitiful flesh-ears. But it made a difference to me. I wanted to be in the quietest room on Earth…..
Orfield Laboratories primarily works in architecture, product development and in office research. They’re attempting to make living and working conditions better for everyone, with a specific focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are on the autistic spectrum. Not to put too fine a point on it, but their research is crucial in our busy world.
Notice of Harm
We are compiling a bundle of 1-page victim impact statements to assist the Premier of Ontario and top PC Ministers in understanding the direct impacts wind turbines are having on our lives with the hope of finding some acknowledgement and relief.
The amount of information that has been sent into the government in the last decade is enormous but we don’t know how much of it survived Liberal government handling.
We are asking, just one more time, for as many as possible to take part in this effort.
We’ve worked to put a one-page-per-person statement together with a place for a photograph of you/ family/pets/; whatever you think will give your statement the most personal touch. Each household can fill out one for all OR each household can fill out one for each person. There are no age boundaries for this one either.
You can fill in the page, attach to an email and send to Barb Ashbee at firstname.lastname@example.org Send the photo as well please and we will attach it to your page.
you can fill in the one-page statement, attach your photo
print off,hand write your responses, attach photo and mail to:
354177 Osprey Artemesia
R.R.4 Flesherton, Ont. N0C 1E0
Please respond by Nov. 24th, 2018 ~ (*late entries will still be accepted)
If you need any help with doing your statement, please don’t hesitate to call or email.
One more important thing to do if you are able is to actually list who you have met with by name ie: MPP-name, MP- name, Ministers or Ministry critics, Environmental Commissioner, bureaucrats,Field Officers, office managers, Public Health units/contacts, Medical Officers of Health, Ombudsman and etc. A separate page has been put together for you to fill out with the information.
Barb Ashbee email@example.com
Lorrie Gillis firstname.lastname@example.org 519-922-3072
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Boralex understands the value of including multiple voices in the discussion regarding the use, operation and maintenance of the Niagara Region Wind Farm.We know that good planning involves the community as a key partner and we are inviting the public to share their ideas, express their concerns and submit their questions by email at email@example.com. Detailed information about the Niagara Region Wind Farm is available at Niagara Region Wind