“Following the 25-minute interview, the subject will be invited to participate in the health measures collection part of the study,” the agency said. “This will include an automated blood pressure measurement and the collection of a small hair sample that will provide a 90-day retroactive average cortisol level. An objective evaluation of sleep will be undertaken using actigraphy for a period of 7 consecutive days, which will be synchronised with wind turbine operational data.”
In response to the study announcement, the Canadian Wind Energy Association said what wind industry groups have always and quite accurately said when negative health consequences of wind power are suggested: “(T)he balance of scientific evidence to date clearly demonstrates that wind turbines do not have an impact on human health,” and this “has been confirmed by numerous independent reviews of the scientific literature.” The organization said it would take a close look at the draft methodology planned for the study, which is open for public comment until August 8.
Some wind opponents, including the North American Platform Against Wind Power and the European Platform Against Windfarms, said they welcomed the study, even as they suggested it was unlikely to live up to their idea of unbiased.
“The windfarm victims would like assurances that this study will be conducted with the participation of acousticians and physicians approved by their federations,” representatives from the organization wrote in a piece published on Canada Free Press. “They will not recognize the validity of the usual biased investigations.”