In recent years, a few small town newspapers have published articles in which people link area wind turbines to adverse health effects. However studies reveal this isn’t true. Wind developments are professionally maintained and regulated in order to ensure the maximum safety of neighboring residents. The myth that turbines cause chronic health issues has mainly been spread via reports from self-diagnosed individuals and stands in the face of these facts:

  • A report conducted by the United Kingdom’s Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform states that: “In 25 years of wind generation, with 68,000 turbines installed worldwide, no significant reports of health issues exist. This includes Denmark, whose turbine density is 30 times that of the UK.”

  • Dr. David Colby, recognized by CBC television as Canada’s “foremost expert on wind turbines and health problems,” recently released a report that analyzed the effects of wind turbines on human health He found no evidence to suggest that wind turbines posed a health risk. Although he mentioned that occasional ice falling from a turbine’s blade can be dangerous, he noted that mandatory turbine setbacks help to ensure that this risk is minute.

  • Wind turbines do not produce emissions or waste products. Consequently, when compared to conventional forms of electricity generation, wind turbines represent a very healthy, clean method of energy production. Emissions from coal fired power plants have been directly linked to diseases ranging from lung cancer to heart disease, while nuclear facilities are infamous for leaving behind massive quantities of radioactive wastes that remain hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years. Meeting more of our electricity needs with energy harnessed from the wind not only helps avoid the negative health effects from coal and spent nuclear fuel, but also helps mitigate global climate change. In the big picture, wind power is a key advancement as we strive towards a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable future