The attached is a submission to Health Canada in regards to children and industrial wind turbines.
December 27, 2012
Dear Minister Aglukkaq,
Re: Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study
Attached is a submission regarding risk of harm to children in general, with examples of increased vulnerability associated with pre-existing medical conditions such as autism, respiratory conditions and other when industrial wind turbine facilities are sited in close proximity to family homes and schools.
It is my understanding that Canada has had a role regarding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and “the governments that have ratified it have legally agreed to fulfill its provisions.” [references provided in the attachment].
Parents and other family members, care givers, and members of society in general have expressed their concern regarding risks to our children. In addition to risk to children generally, children with pre-existing medical conditions can have increased risks of adverse effects. For example autism, asthma, migraine, bronchitis, and epilepsy can be vulnerable to the effects of noise and/or stress and/or sleep disturbance. These effects can be detrimental to the health of children. Childhood asthma and migraine can be triggered by stress.
This submission is intended to contribute to the consultation process and study design for the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, to request an inquiry-investigation prior to finalizing the study design.
I trust that Health Canada will find this submission a useful contribution to the study design.
Carmen Krogh, BScPharm