Wind Turbines and the Potential Health Impact

Wind Turbine

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 is 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

Approval of Wind Farms done by Ministry of Environment

Wind farm developments are subject to a Renewable Energy Approval from the Ministry of Environment.

Applicants must meet a number of requirements including:

  • Public notice and consultation
  • Municipal consultation
  • Compliance with minimum setbacks

More information on the application/approval process is available on the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure's website.

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