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Dr. Hazel Lynn - we should have longer setbacks

Toronto, August 23, 2010

The Society for Wind Vigilance (SWV) was contacted by the office of Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit following a news release by SWV on August 17. The release stated that Dr. Lynn had broken ranks with Dr. Arlene King, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and her literature review published in May of this year called ‘Potential Adverse Health Effects of Wind Turbines’. Dr. Hazel Lynn was a contributing author of this document. One conclusion in Dr. Arlene King’s paper stated: “The sound level from wind turbines at common residential setbacks is not sufficient to cause ….direct adverse health effects.”

Dr. Lynn’s Media Relations representative complained to SWV that Dr. Lynn did not say that all wind development should be stopped. “Dr Lynn hasn’t broken ranks. She agrees with Chief MOH’s position on health impacts but Dr Lynn has also expressed concern with the larger issue of community health.”

News reports that morning on radio station CKNX AM920 stated, “The head of the Grey Bruce Health Unit thinks all wind turbines development should be stopped until more is known about their effect on human health.”

In The Society release it was stated that Dr Lynn said, “…all [wind] development should be stopped until more is known about their health effects.”

On Thursday, August 18, Dr. Hazel Lynn then stated in the Owen Sound Sun Times, "What I probably said is we should have longer setbacks, and if you can't have longer setbacks, well, then maybe we shouldn't be having them [more wind turbine developments] right now." The Society for Wind Vigilance is in agreement with this statement from Dr. Lynn.

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