Ontario nurses demand health study into wind farm noise and health effects
LSARC congratulates and supports local nurse and RNAO member Debbie Shubat and the Algoma Chapter of the RNAO for their hard work and dedication in protecting human health in Ontario. We wish them success in their call for an independent, scientific, clinical health study into wind farm noise and health effects of Industrial Wind Turbines.
Two Ontario nurses are presenting a resolution at the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) to ask that the association’s members support a call for health studies on the environmental noise and vibration produced by industrial wind turbines. Debbie Shubat of St. Joseph’s Island and Jane Wilson of Ottawa, with the support of the entire Algoma Chapter of the association, say people exposed to the turbine noise are becoming ill in parts of Ontario, and that studies must be done to protect health.
“We think it’s time to get this done,” says Wilson, who is an RN and president of Wind Concerns Ontario. “Other studies done by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario and one prepared for the Ministry of the Environment all say more research is needed. Ontario’s Auditor General also said the province needs to be more forthcoming about the potential for health effects. In fact, the only study that didn’t recommend further study was the one paid for by the wind industry.”
“The environment should be safe for everyone,” Wilson said.
The nurses’ resolution will be presented Friday morning at the RNAO’s annual general meeting and conference in Toronto.