APPEC appeals Ostrander Point: harm to human health

[Following is a news release from the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County.]

PDF version: APPEC News Release on ERT Appeal 1 7 2013

Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County
P.O. Box 173
Milford, Ontario K0K 2P0

APPEC Appeals Approval of Ostrander Point Wind Park

Milford, ON/ January 7, 2013 – The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County (APPEC) has filed an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the approval of Gilead Power’s Ostrander Point wind project.  The appeal is focused on the serious health effects that nine wind turbines will inflict on residents living within 2 km.

In 2011, the Chatham-Kent ERT panel acknowledged that wind turbines can cause harm when sited too close.  It also noted that Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King had failed to research “indirect” health effects in her 2010 review of scientific literature.

APPEC’s appeal will take into account the ERT’s guidance on the need to show harm to specific “receptors,” aka persons.  It will present the latest acoustical, epidemiological and medical research, as well as the testimonies of Ontario wind victims.  While previous ERT appeals featured a battle among experts, this time Ontario residents will recount the adverse health effects they personally experience when living next to wind turbines despite supposedly protective setbacks.

Considering the fate of numerous Ontario wind victims, it is outrageous that both the wind industry and the Ontario government continue to deny the adverse health effects arising from noise annoyance, low-frequency sound, and infrasound.  The symptoms include sleep disturbance, nausea, migraine, vertigo, loss of cognitive function, high blood pressure, and cardiac events.  The consequences of prolonged exposure are well documented in medical literature. The Nissenbaum et al peer-reviewed health study (Nov. 2012) indicates that a minimum of 2 km is required to protect from wind turbine emissions.  Dr Ray Copes, Director of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, stated in a 2010 internal email obtained through Freedom of Information: “studies support a causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.”

Although the legal test is onerous, the arguments and evidence presented by APPEC’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, will prove the inadequacy of Ontario’s setbacks and confirm the fact that Wind Turbines Harm Health.

This appeal is necessary in its own right and in terms of precedent.  The ERT’s decision will have enormous significance, not just for Gilead’s project, but for wind development in Prince Edward County and throughout Ontario.

Given this context, APPEC is seeking funds from everyone who opposes unsafe wind energy development, whether in the Prince Edward County or across Ontario.  Cheques payable to APPEC Legal Fund may be sent to

APPEC Legal Fund
PO Box 173
Milford, ON K0K 2P0

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For more information, please contact:

Henri Garand, Chair,
Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County
613-476-4527
hgarand@xplornet.ca

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Posted on January 8, 2013, in Advocacy / politics / legal, Human health, Ostrander Point, Wind turbines. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good to see this being done. Fully supportive of your efforts and will send funds.

  1. Pingback: Catching up: Reaction to Ostrander Point wind project approval « CCSAGE pec wind turbine news #1 source

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