in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

A new report has concluded that there is no direct health risk posed by wind turbine sound in Ontario at the province's regulated setback distance, debunking claims that wind turbines are harmful to human health.

The study, which was conducted by HGC Engineering for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, analyzed the latest findings on low-frequency noise and infrasound from wind turbines. In addition, three experts in the field of noise, vibration and acoustics reviewed and validated the report.

The report found that the province's rules to control wind turbine sound are rigorous: Ontario has one of the strictest noise limits in North America, which includes a 550-meter minimum setback, based on a 40-decibel limit. These requirements align with the limits set by the World Health Organization.

For the study, the noise consultants reviewed more than 100 papers and reports from Ontario, Alberta and countries around the world.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment notes that it will continue to monitor this evolving science's technical developments and any emerging regulatory policies introduced in other countries.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Six Key Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Tower Conference_id1965