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Medical publisher SAGE announced yesterday, July 20, that it had published a special edition of the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society on the health effects of industrial wind turbine projects, called “Windfarms, communities and ecosystems, Part I.”

Here is the abstract from Carl V. Phillips’ paper, on the fact that evidence exists, but policy-makers are not interpreting it, and others such as wind development proponents and environmental non-government organizations (supported by our tax dollars), are denying it.

Properly Interpreting the Epidemiologic Evidence About the Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents

  1. Carl V. Phillips

    1. Populi Health Institute, Wayne, PA, USA, cvphilo@gmail.com

Abstract

There is overwhelming evidence that wind turbines cause serious health problems in nearby residents, usually stress-disorder-type diseases, at a nontrivial rate. The bulk of the evidence takes the form of thousands of adverse event reports. There is also a small amount of systematically gathered data. The adverse event reports provide compelling evidence of the seriousness of the problems and of causation in this case because of their volume, the ease of observing exposure and outcome incidence, and case-crossover data. Proponents of turbines have sought to deny these problems by making a collection of contradictory claims including that the evidence does not “count,” the outcomes are not “real” diseases, the outcomes are the victims’ own fault, and that acoustical models cannot explain why there are health problems so the problems must not exist. These claims appeared to have swayed many nonexpert observers, though they are easily debunked. Moreover, though the failure of models to explain the observed problems does not deny the problems, it does mean that we do not know what, other than kilometers of distance, could sufficiently mitigate the effects. There has been no policy analysis that justifies imposing these effects on local residents. The attempts to deny the evidence cannot be seen as honest scientific disagreement and represent either gross incompetence or intentional bias.

Other authors are: Dr. John Harrison, Dr. Robert McMurtry, Carmen Krogh, Willem Vanderberg, Bob Thorne, Arline Bronzaft and Martin Shain. You can view the abstracts online here: http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4.toc

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Legal Challenge Now Underway Against the Global Wind Industry

                                                 Or Pay by Cheque

To date, we have raised only 45% of the money needed.   We call upon all concerned citizens around the globe to dig deep into their pockets and contribute to this precedent setting case which will have global repercussions. 

A staggering amount of evidence and the largest single gathering of internationally renowned experts has been assembled.  The international wind industry will face one of its biggest challenges beginning on February 1, 2011.  Canada will be at the centre of a legal battle of global proportions. 

In response to a recent approval of an industrial wind development, an appeal has been submitted to a Tribunal (ERT). The appeal is based chiefly on the issue of serious harm to human health from noise and low frequency sound. The appeal raises other issues such as the government’s apparently admitted inability to predict, measure, or assess noise levels.

A compelling and unprecedented witness list has been assembled on all sides. This appears to be the largest single gathering of internationally renowned experts that has taken place on these issues.  In all more than 20 experts and specialists in medicine, human health, acoustics and government will be appearing.

The project is owned by Suncor Energy Inc. an “integrated energy company” strategically focused on developing Canada’s oil sands.  Suncor’s reported assets at December 31, 2009 were $69,746,000,000.

Suncor’s obvious financial means together with an apparent limitless cash supply for the government of Ontario indicate the resources our opponents have at their disposal.

Therefore, we call upon all concerned citizens around the globe to dig deep into their pockets and contribute to this precedent setting case which will have global repercussions.

What is at stake is nothing less than the future of wind development around the world.

The litany of half-truths and misinformation from wind lobbyists denying the adverse health effects of wind turbines must come to an end. Financial support is what is needed now to fight this case.

We have assembled a staggering amount of evidence and an extraordinary array of international witnesses. The appellants will be calling experts from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.  They include:

  • Dr. Robert Y. McMurtry, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S., Surgeon and Health Policy
  • Dr. Michael A. Nissenbaum, M.D., Physician
  • Dr. Jeffery J. Aramini, Ph.D., M.Sc., Epidemiologist
  • Dr. Carl V. Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.P., Epidemiology and Public Policy
  • Dr. Christopher D. Hanning, BSc, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, FRCA, MD, Sleep Specialist
  • Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Noise Specialist
  • Richard R. James, INCE, Noise Control Engineer
  • Dr. Jeff Wilson, Ph.D., Epidemiologist
  • Dr. Robert Thorne, Ph.D., Noise Specialist and Environmental Policy
  • Dr. Daniel Shepherd, Ph.D.  Psychoacoustic Specialist

Gather up your wind action groups and get involved in raising funds for this internationally ground-breaking legal challenge! We all win if we win this precedent setting case.

Please make your cheque out to :    “Douglas Desmond, In Trust”   Indicate the funds are for the “Kent-Breeze Appeal”.

Address:

Douglas Desmond, Barrister & Solicitor
PO Box 129,
27 Main St. E
Ridgetown, Ontario, N0P 2C0
Phone: 1-888-674-1955 or  Fax: 1-519-674-1957
Office: 1-519-674-1955

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Here is a report on the Kent Breeze renewable energy application appeal, occuring in Ontario next week.

‘David and Goliath’ Legal Challenge Underway Against the Global Wind Industry

We call upon all concerned citizens around the globe to dig deep into their pockets and contribute to this precedent setting case which will have global repercussions.

The international wind industry will face one of its biggest challenges beginning on February 1, 2011.  Canada will be at the centre of a legal battle of global proportions.  In response to a recent approval of an industrial wind development, an appeal has been submitted to a Tribunal (ERT). The appeal is based chiefly on the issue of serious harm to human health from noise and low frequency sound. The appeal raises other issues such as the government’s apparently admitted inability to predict, measure, or assess noise levels.

A compelling and unprecedented witness list has been assembled on all sides. This appears to be the largest single gathering of internationally renowned experts that has taken place on these issues.  In all more than 20 experts and specialists in medicine, human health, acoustics and government will be appearing.

The project is owned by Suncor Energy Inc. an “integrated energy company” strategically focused on developing Canada’s oil sands.  Suncor’s reported assets at December 31, 2009 were $69,746,000,000.

Suncor’s obvious financial means together with an apparent limitless cash supply for the government of Ontario indicate the resources our opponents have at their disposal.

Therefore, we call upon all concerned citizens around the globe to dig deep into their pockets and contribute to this precedent setting case which will have global repercussions.

What is at stake is nothing less than the future of wind development around the world.

The litany of half-truths and misinformation from wind lobbyists denying the adverse health effects of wind turbines must come to an end. Financial support is what is needed now to fight this case.

We have assembled a staggering amount of evidence and an extraordinary array of international witnesses. The appellants will be calling experts from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.  They include:

  • Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, M.D., USA
  • Dr. Robert Thorne, PhD, Health Sciences and Acoustics, Australia
  • Richard James, INCE ,Acoustician, USA
  • Dr. Christopher Hanning, M.D., FRCA, MRCS, LRCP,  Sleep Specialist, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Robert McMurtry, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S., Canada
  • Dr. Arline Bronzaft, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, USA
  • Dr. Jeffery Aramini, PhD, Epidemiologist, Canada
  • Dr. Carl V. Phillips, PhD, M.P.P., Epidemiology and Public Policy, USA
  • Dr. Daniel Shepherd, PhD, Noise and Health Specialist, New Zealand

The government and proponent are also bringing many experts. 

Gather up your wind action groups and get involved in raising funds for this internationally ground-breaking legal challenge! We all win if we win this precedent setting case.

To donate to the legal costs for this case:

Douglas Desmond, In Trust

Indicate that the funds are for the “Kent-Breeze Appeal”.

Address:

Douglas Desmond, Barrister & Solicitor
PO Box 129,
27 Main St. E
Ridgetown, Ontario, N0P 2C0
Phone: 1-888-674-1955

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A news release on the status of the Ian Hanna vs Ontario case, in which the plaintiff is asking for a judicial review of the Green Energy Act, on the basis that proper procedures were not followed prior to the passing of this Act.

Wind Turbine Legal Challenge Passes

Three Major Legal Hurdles

Toronto, January 24

– A panel of three Ontario Divisional Court judges today heard the submissions of counsel for the Attorney General representing the Ministry of Environment, counsel representing Ian Hanna, Eric Gillespie, and counsel for the Intervenor the Canadian Wind Energy Association in an application for judicial review of central provisions of the Green Energy Act regulations. The application states that the 550 meter setback, legislated by the McGuinty Liberal Government in September 2009, has not been scientifically justified as a sufficient distance to protect human health.

Initially it appeared the hearing might not be permitted to proceed as the court queried if an

upcoming Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in Chatham was where these issues should be addressed. After hearing substantial legal argument the panel of judges agreed to hear the case. Hurdle # 1.

In spite of the Attorney General’s attempts to have the court reject the evidence and qualifications of three medical doctors who filed affidavits relied on by the applicant, the court declined to overturn any of their evidence. Hurdle # 2.

The court also determined that notwithstanding the Attorney General and CanWEA’s submissions in opposition, the issues to be decided were complex and significant and the court would reserve making any decision to allow it to consider all of the information it had received. Hurdle # 3.

Ian Hanna the applicant has declared today’s results a victory for all those now suffering the consequences of poorly developed regulations and guidelines that have led to a litany of homes abandoned, adverse health effects and financial ruin for many Ontario residents.

The three judge panel will now review the evidence and submissions from today and have indicated they will likely release a written judgment in the near future.

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Contact:

Beth Harrington

Communications

647 588-8647

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From this past Saturday’s Toronto Star, the column by National Affairs editor Thomas Walkom. Amazing.

Walkom: How McGuinty’s windmill dreams became a nightmare

Published On Sat Jan 15 2011

Dr. Robert McMurtry heads up the Society for Wind Vigilance, a new international body investigating wind power. Dr. Robert McMurtry heads up the Society for Wind Vigilance, a new international body investigating wind power.

LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist

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if (jQuery('.ts-main_article2_image').width()When Dalton McGuinty embraced wind power four years ago, it seemed he couldn’t lose.

Politically, his support for this infinitely renewable form of energy put the Ontario premier firmly on the side of the environmental angels.

Even more important, McGuinty’s Liberals pitched their commitment to wind as part of a comprehensive, green industrial strategy.

The government would not merely use wind turbines to generate electricity. It would also subsidize firms to build the giant machines for export.

In effect, windmills would be to the new Ontario what autos were to the old — the province’s economic driver.

Critics of the premier’s ambitious schemes were dismissed as cranks and nutters infected with a not-in-my-backyard syndrome.

To ensure that these self-seekers and know-nothings didn’t interfere with the government’s bold plans, Queen’s Park stripped municipal councils of their power to regulate wind turbines.

On paper, the plan seemed a sure winner.

But that was before Dr. Bob McMurtry.

McMurtry is neither a crank nor a nutter. An orthopedic surgeon and former dean of medicine at London’s University of Western Ontario, he is part of the country’s medical and political establishment.

He’s acted as a health advisor to the former federal Liberal government. In the early 2000s, he was a key advisor to Roy Romanow’s royal commission into Medicare.

McMurtry’s brother, Roy — a Red Tory and former attorney general — was Ontario’s chief justice for 11 years.

Bob McMurtry began as a strong advocate of wind power, keen to have a turbine built on the 16-hectare Eastern Ontario farm he bought four years ago for retirement.

As he explained in a telephone interview this week, he hoped to generate his own power and sell the rest to Ontario’s electricity network.

But being a scientific sort of chap, McMurtry began by researching the issue.

What he discovered alarmed him. In particular, he ran into evidence — re-enforced by personal encounters later — that low-frequency humming associated with wind turbines may lead to chronic sleeplessness, stress and even hypertension causing heart disease for anyone living within two kilometres of a machine.

What alarmed him more was that the provincial government did not even monitor this low-frequency noise. As well, under Ontario rules, giant windmills need be no more than 550 metres from any residence.

So in 2009, he made the not terribly radical suggestion that Queen’s Park conduct a proper, arms-length study on the health effects of industrial wind turbines before authorizing any more.

Failing that, he said, it should insist that new turbines be set at least two kilometres away from any dwelling.

The wind industry was outraged. Fearful of being enmeshed in red tape, wind power firms argued strongly against such a study. Their case was bolstered last May after provincial medical officer of health Dr. Arlene King issued a report saying no scientific evidence exists to show that wind turbines harm human health.

McMurtry countered that this is because no one has ever conducted a proper study — which is why he wants one.

Those interested in the dueling scientific arguments can find King’s report on the Ontario government website and McMurtry’s response at www.windvigilance.com.

But regardless of who wins the substantive debate, McGuinty’s windmill dreams have already become political nightmares.

Dozens of rural municipal councils, angered by the province’s decision to take away their regulatory authority, have passed motions of complaint.

Even the Ontario Federation of Agriculture — which represents farmers who rent their land to wind firms — has called for a moratorium on new turbines until a serious health study can be done.

The opposition Conservatives smell blood.

Trotting around through all of this is the unassuming Bob McMurtry.

He heads up a new international body of doctors and scientists investigating wind power called the Society for Wind Vigilance. Throughout small-town Ontario, he is in great demand as a speaker.

“There’s a real level of anger there,” he told me. “Rural Ontario is on fire.”

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Yesterday saw the preliminary hearing for the appeal of the renewable energy certificate for Suncor’s Kent Breeze project. The appeal was brought by the Chatham-Kent wind action group, and by a private citizen.

Witnesses for the wind development opponents include Drs Robert McMurty, Christopher Hanning, and Michael Nissenbaum, as well as epidemiologist Dr Carl V Phillips. Witnesses for the wind development proponent include Geoffrey Leventhall and acting Chatham Medical Officer of Health Dr David Colby. (We are puzzled by the appearance of Dr Colby as he has already been told by the College of Physicians and Surgeons that he, as a specialist in infectious disease, is not to present himself as an expert on wind turbine noise and health effects.)

Once again, the proponents are sticking to the tenet that wind turbine noise does not harm hearing. And that’s not what the medical experts are saying: they are saying that the noise and vibration (nfrasound) from industrial scale wind turbines is a very different sound that is causing a unique set of health problems.

We wish the wind development opponents the best. For more details, and to donate to this landmark case, go to http://www.windconcernsontario.org

For more of the science on the effects of wind turbine noise and infrasound, go to http://www.windvigilance.com

To contact us in North Gower-Richmond, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

and remember our special Truth about wind event, January 23rd, North Gower, at 2 p.m.

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Everyone should see this video interview with Dr Robert McMurtry (whose testimony the Government of Ontario did not want you to hear in the Ian Hanna challenge to the Green Energy Act).

Well worth it, and for the views of Prince Edward County which is about to “host” dozens of wind turbines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkdYuGooVIM&feature=player_embedded

After watching please consider contributing to the Ian Hanna legal fund. Download the donation from from http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

Email the North Gower Wind Action Group at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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