Dave Corrigan joined Lisa and Harley this week for a News Roundup.
We spoke with Dr. Jeff Aramini, Ph.D. about the just published Nissenbaum-Aramini-Hanning research tying turbines to health impacts. Dr. Aramini is the CEO of Intelligent Health Solutions and a former manager of the Public Health Agency of Canada unit responsible for coordinating multijurisdictional and international enteric disease outbreak investigations. He has led numerous multidisciplinary research projects investigating the epidemiology of various diseases.
Jeff was also a founder and manager of the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence (CNPHI), a national Public Health Agency of Canada initiative aimed at reducing human illness associated with infectious disease events by establishing a national, secure, Web-based system to integrate surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory information.
Dr. Robert McMurtry is the founding chair and currently an adviser for the The Society for Wind Vigiliance, an international federation of physicians, engineers and other professionals promoting the development of authoritative international wind turbine guidelines to protect the health and safety of communities. The mission of The Society for Wind Vigilance is to mitigate the risk of both physiological and psychological adverse heath effects through the advancement of independent third party research and its application to the siting of industrial wind turbines.
He was a member of the Health Council of Canada for 3½ years and a member and special adviser to the Royal Commission under Roy Romanow on the future of health care in Canada. Dr. McMurtry was a visiting Cameron Chair to Health Canada for providing policy advice to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health. He was the Founding and Associate Deputy Minister of Population & Public Health, Canada. Dr. McMurtry sat on the National Steering Committee on Climate Change and Health Assessment. In 2011, Dr. McMurtry became a Member of the Order of Canada for his leadership and vision in helping to strengthen health care delivery in Canada. The Order of Canada is Canada’s highest civilian honor.
Presently Dr. McMurtry is Professor (Emeritus) of Surgery, University of Western Ontario
Please vote AGAINST SA1812, the amendment to the S1813 transportation bill submitted by Senator Stabenow which includes extensions of the wind energy Production Tax Credit and the “Section 1603” Treasury Grant Program for 1 year.
Together, these programs cost taxpayers $5 billion in 2010 and even more last year. In return, communities have been left divided, landscapes degraded, and natural habitats destroyed — with no measurable positive change in our energy situation.
Again, I urge you to vote AGAINST any extension of the Production Tax Credit or the “Section 1603” Treasury Grant Program.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Vermont Dems Forum
Please RSVP to Steve Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call, 586-7705) to join car pool to the forum discussing “The Future of Alternative Energy in Vermont” featuring State Representative Margaret Cheney, Jeff Wolfe, CEO, groSolar, David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables, Michael Dworkin, Vermont Law School Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment. It will be held Monday, March 12 from 6-8:00pm, Marion Cross School, 22 Church St, Norwich, VT. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Laurie is the medical director of the Waubra Foundation in Australia and is facilitating some of the seminal research surrounding the set of symptoms known here in the U.S. as Wind Turbine Syndrome. ”Down Under” it is often termed Waubra Disease.
In mid 2010, Dr. Laurie was in the process of returning to work clinically as a rural General Practitioner when she became aware that a wind energy project was proposed for the hills near her home in regional South Australia. Being concerned with climate change and the environment, and the need for renewable energy she was initially supportive of the local project and unaware of any health concerns. It wasn’t until a neighbour alerted her to Dr Amanda Harry’s study of health issues with wind factories, that Dr. Laurie realised there were some potentially serious health problems associated with wind turbines. She decided to look into the matter fully, and became aware that despite the health problems being described around the world, there was a lack of research, and hence an urgent need for more research into this problem.
Acciona Energy’s Waubra wind farm, located in western Victoria, Australia is the largest operating wind facility in the southern hemisphere. The site’s 128 turbines (192 megawatts installed) started generating electricity in Spring 2009 and were fully energized by that July.
Within weeks of the towers first being turned on, Noel Dean began suffering adverse health effects. Australian newspapers quoted Dean this way: “I was waking up two days in a row with headaches, I’d have to take Panadol but they’d be gone by dinner time. When the wind is blowing north I got a thumping headache, like someone belted me over the head with a plank of wood and I didn’t know whether to go to the hospital or what to do. You couldn’t really work.” Other symptoms he and his wife experienced included general malaise, nausea, sleeplessness and general uneasiness.
By July, the Deans had packed up and left their farm.
The concerns of the Deans and others living within 3500 meters of operational wind farms triggered more than twelve months of intensive study by a group of 4 qualified researchers.
The result is The Dean Report, a detailed peer-reviewed analysis of the sound levels near the Dean’s properties and the potential adverse effects of wind farm activity on human health.
Dr. Robert Thorne PhD, who authored the report, based his findings and conclusions on extensive field work, personal investigations, case studies and the development of sound analysis methodologies. He told Windaction.org that “the Dean Report, in its various forms, has been placed in evidence subject to cross-examination before a Board of Inquiry and formal wind farm hearings for the purposes of peer-review and critique. A hypothesis as to cause and effect for adverse health effects from wind farm activity is presented.” Dr. Thorne is a principal of Noise Measurement Services Pty Ltd in Australia. He holds a PhD in Health Science from Massey University, New Zealand. His professional background is the measurement of low background sound levels and the assessment of noise as it affects people.
Join us for the first edition of Wind Wise Radio when we will be delighted to welcome Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand, professional acousticians, members of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and the authors of “The McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study” which investigated the possible relationship between infrasound and adverse health effects experienced by people living near industrial wind turbines (IWT) in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
We will be discussing Stephen and Robert’s findings, their personal experience in the vicinity of IWT, their work on other projects, and their thoughts on the the recently released “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study”. We will also be asking them about their ideas for further studies to advance our knowledge.
Stephen and Robert will be happy to take questions and listen to your comments so please join us for this important event.
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