Answering your questions about wind energy

Your Health

Wind energy is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly forms of new electricity generation around the world, people have been living, working and enjoying productive lives near wind farms for more than 30 years.

Facts

  • The balance of scientific evidence and human experience to date clearly concludes that wind turbines are not harmful to human health – in fact, wind energy reduces harmful air emissions and creates no harmful waste products when compared with other sources of electricity.
  • This conclusion has been reached by numerous independent reviews of the scientific literature.
  • The global wind industry collectively continues to engage with experts in science, medicine and occupational and environmental health to monitor ongoing credible research in the area of wind turbines and human health.
  • In addition to being a major source of emission reductions, wind energy does not create hazardous radioactive waste products. An article by Drs. Cathy Vakil and Éric Notebaert of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), stated:  “We see nuclear power as a serious threat to public health.”
  • On July 23, 2012, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health reinforced her position on wind energy and human health to the Standing Committee on Estimates by stating: “I stand by the conclusions that I made in my study of 2010. The weight of the evidence does not support any direct health effects associated with wind turbines if they are appropriately placed, and that is with a minimum of a 550-metre set-back.”
  • Find out what the experts say in Wind Energy: Safe Power, Clean Future

Dr. Robert Oliphant, President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada

"In all forms, renewable energy is a safe and healthy alternative to fossil fuels."

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

“According to the scientific evidence, there isn’t any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.”

Did you know?

The Ontario Ministry of Environment estimates that shutting down coal will reduce health care costs by $3 billion annually. OCCCAE - Facts and Myths Debunked


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