Canadian Wind Energy Association says Wind Energy is Safe; Calls for Moratorium would put Significant Clean Energy Investments and Jobs at Risk

Calls for a moratorium on wind energy development pending results of a Health Canada study are not warranted because the balance of scientific and medical evidence to date clearly concludes that sound from wind turbines does not adversely impact human health, says the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

These conclusions are backed by a growing body of work, including reports by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the National Public Health Institute in Quebec, and most recently by an expert panel report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of the Environment. An Oracle Research poll conducted this year found that 78 per cent of Ontarians believe that wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation. According to Dr. Robert Oliphant, President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada, "In all forms, renewable energy is a safe and healthy alternative to fossil fuels."

CanWEA continues to work with all governments as well as scientific and medical experts to review all new credible information on the subject of wind energy and human health.