About Adverse Health Effects


Health Canada states “…there are peer-reviewed scientific articles indicating that wind turbines may have an adverse impact on human health.” [1] 


The American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association sponsored literature review entitled “Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects” acknowledges wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise, may cause annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance and as a result people may experience adverse physiological and psychological symptoms. [2]


International research and media reports document people exposed over time, to too-close wind turbines, are experiencing adverse health effects and symptoms.[3], [4], [5], [6], [7]   “These symptoms include sleep disturbance, headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritability and fatigue, but also include a number of otologic symptoms including dizziness or vertigo, tinnitus and the sensation of aural pain or pressure.” [8]


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[1] Safe Environs Program, Health Canada Environmental Assessment Nova Scotia, August 6, 2009, http://www.windvigilance.com/about-adverse-health-effects/primer_ahe

[2] W. David Colby, M.D et al., Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects, An Expert Panel Review 2009, Prepared for American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association

[3] Pierpont, N., 2009. Wind turbine syndrome. K-selected books.

[4] Harry, A., 2007. Wind turbines, noise and health.

[5] Dr Michael Nissenbaum, Wind Turbines, Health, Ridgelines, and Valleys, Montpelier, VT, May 7 2010 http://www.windvigilance.com/news/preliminary-findings---controlled-study-mars-hill

[6] Wind Vigilance for Ontario Communities (WindVOiCe©) http://www.windvigilance.com/windvoice_home

[7] Hansard Reports, proceedings from April 15th, 2009 The Green Energy Act, Bill 150, Standing Committee on General Government, Ontario http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_details.do?locale=en&Date=2009-04-15&ParlCommID=8856&BillID=2145&Business=&DocumentID=23801

[8] Salt, A.N., Hullar, T.E., Responses of the ear to low frequency sounds, infrasound and wind turbines, Hearing Research (2010), doi:10.1016/j.heares.2010.06.007