Amherst Island residents are deeply troubled by the lack of scientific evidence demonstrating that industrial wind turbines are safe 550 metres from people’s homes.
Islanders are aware that people who live close to industrial wind turbines in Ontario are becoming seriously ill. Many are unable to live in their homes.
Living on an Island presents unique challenges. The proposed project will cover virtually the Island and because the Island is small, setbacks are at the minimum distance. There will be no where to go to escape the noise and vibration. Residents will be prisoners in their own homes because the ferry does not run at night.
Islanders are particularly concerned about the health of the Island’s children and the potential long-term impacts on their health.
Windlectric/Algonquin Power has sited a turbine, substation and the construction operations area next to our Island school, and there is only one school. The children will be playing in areas that are deemed unsafe by the Province.
APAI has presented our views on health and industrial wind turbines to all levels of government. As a result, Loyalist Township was one of the first townships in Ontario to request that health studies be completed before industrial wind turbine projects are developed.
The Council of Lennox-Addington County passed a motion for a moratorium on further wind turbine development until a safe distance from homes is scientifically justifiable.
The Kingston Frontenac Lennox-Addington Health Unit has assured us that there is no evidence of direct health effects from industrial wind turbines however this assertion is based on an outdated literature review by the Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.
Adverse health effects related to the development of industrial wind turbines is an emerging medical reality reported worldwide. Individuals living in Europe, Australia, Japan, the United States, Canada and beyond have reported adverse health effects following the installation and operation of industrial wind turbines near their homes.
These adverse effects have been validated by medical professionals and, to a lesser degree, wind industry officials have begun acknowledging legitimate adverse health effects are experienced by a percentage of the population.
Work undertaken on APAI’s behalf demonstrates Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s understanding of adverse health effects is outdated and potentially dangerous for the island’s residents.
There is no doubt that this project with so many homes close to the 40 dBA predicted noise contour will cause significant adverse health effects. The project needs to be redesigned to allow for the uncertainty in the sound level power of the turbines, for the uncertainty in the prediction of the noise level at homes, for the lenient ground parameter allowed by the Ministry of the Environment, for the high probability of turbulent inflow noise, and for the excess night time noise predicted in a stable atmosphere. A setback of 1.5 km is not unreasonable.
Karen Hunter, a friend of Amherst Island, has initiated a site to illustrate that wind turbines harm the health of humans and animals.
Below you will find APAI’s Reports regarding Health Impacts: