ON Liberal says already enough studies on wind turbines
Peter Hendra — Sun News — July 18, 2012
KINGSTON, ON — The federal government probably won’t find anything new when it concludes its study on how wind turbines affect human health, says Ontario’s attorney general.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that the government will assess the occupants of 2,000 homes located in wind farm areas across the country.
The study results are expected to be announced in 2014.
MPP John Gerretsen was serving as the environment minister when wind farms first appeared in the province.
“If the federal government wants to do a study… it’s entirely up to them,” the senior cabinet minister said Friday.
“But I think the evidence is pretty conclusive, not only here in Ontario, but elsewhere in the world as well, that, provided you have a minimum distance or setback from non-participating residents, there are no adverse health effects.”
Ontario regulations call for a setback of 550 metres, which is a greater distance, Gerretsen said, than is required in Europe.
“We did a number of studies and a number of literature reviews as well, experiences elsewhere in the world, and came to the conclusion, as did the medical officer of health of the province of Ontario, who did a very extensive study as well, that there are no health effects,” he said.
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