Wind Turbines and the Potential Health Impact
While some people living near wind turbines report symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and hearing loss, the scientific evidence does not show a direct link between wind turbine noise and these adverse health effects.
There's some evolving scientific evidence demonstrating negative effects, such as sleep disturbances, annoyance, and on rare occasions, structural failure or ice falling from the blades.
Niagara Region Public Health continues to observe the evolving science. Their mandate is created through the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards.
While Niagara Region Public Health does not have legislated oversight on wind turbine development and health effects, public health has a role in identifying and monitoring any potential health risks to our residents that may not fall within legislation.
Report and Studies
- Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines
Report by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (May 2010)
- Noise and Health Study Design Consultation
Study by Health Canada (2013)
For more information, visit Ontario.ca.