OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health, announced Health Canada published a revised
research design for the wind turbine noise and health study, which is
being carried out in collaboration with Statistics Canada.
The proposed research design was posted on the Health Canada website in
July 2012 for public comment and over 950 comments were received during
the 60 day public consultation period. After an evaluation of feedback
received during the consultation, the Expert Committee introduced changes to the research design including an assessment of
infrasound and changes to the questionnaire administered by Statistics
Canada. The Expert Committee includes specialists in areas pertaining
to noise measurement, health assessment, clinical medicine and
"Our Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of
Canadian families, and 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 Aglukkaq.
"The Expert Committee has carefully reviewed and evaluated the feedback
received during the public consultation and has taken it into
consideration when developing the revised research design."
Study results are anticipated in late 2014. An initial target sample
size of 2,000 dwellings will be selected from 8-12 wind turbine
installation facilities in Canada. In addition to taking physical
measurements from participants, such as blood pressure, investigators
will conduct face-to-face interviews and take noise measurements inside
and outside of some homes to validate sound modelling.
The revised research design is available on the Health Canada website. A summary of the public
comments received during the consultation period and the responses from the Expert Committee are also available on the website.
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SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
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