A study on the noise and health effects of wind turbines will be conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada following complaints from people living in the area of such installations.
“This study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low-frequency noise generated by wind turbines,” said Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq in a release Tuesday.
The study will look at the relationship between complaints about noise and health effects with what has been “objectively measured” in people living near wind power installations, the release said.
Health Canada said the study is being designed with external experts in areas including:
The release notes that Health Canada has experience in assessing the health impacts of noise from its role in administering the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, which defines noise as a form of radiation.
“As always, our government is putting the health and safety of Canadians first and this study will do just that by painting a more complete picture of the potential health impacts of wind turbine noise,” Aglukkaq said in the release.
The proposed research design and methodology was posted on Health Canada’s website Tuesday for a 30-day public comment period, the release said. Public feedback will be reviewed and a response will be posted to the site at a later date.
The study will initially focus on a sample of 2,000 homes around eight to 12 wind turbine developments in Canada, Health Canada said. It will include physical measurements from participants, such as blood pressure, as well as interviews and noise measurements inside and outside some homes.
Results of the study are expected in 2014.