Grey-Bruce doctor says link exists between wind turbines and health problems
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 22, 2013 5:58PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 22, 2013 6:58PM EST
OWEN SOUND, Ont. - A report from the top doctor in Grey and Bruce counties in southwestern Ontario says there is a link between wind turbines and health problems such as headaches and sleeplessness.
The report from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hazel Lynn and a research assistant says the number of health complaints are higher for people living near wind farms.
The report -- which analysed other peer-reviewed studies -- was presented Friday to the Grey Bruce Health Unit and will be submitted to the Ministry of Health.
The findings differ from a 2010 report by the province's chief medical officer that stated there was no scientific evidence tying noise from wind turbines to adverse health impacts.
Lynn says there should be a two kilometre gap between homes and wind turbines -- up from the 500 metre distance required under current regulations.
She says more public health research is needed on the turbine issue.