RNP News Item
by: Erin Greeson
November 2, 2010
RNP Response to Oregon Health Impact Assessment of Wind Farms
The Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Environmental Public Health is pursuing a health impact assessment (HIA) of wind energy facilities and is seeking input from Oregonians who live near wind farms. If done properly, the study will help educate the public by addressing perceptions and misperceptions regarding wind energy and public health.
For more information on Oregon's Health Impact Assessment see http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/hia/windenergy.shtml
All independent governmental studies have consistently concluded that operating wind farms do not result in ill health impacts. We believe that the Oregon HIA will lend new opportunity to raise awareness and further documentation that wind is one of the most environmentally benign sources of electricity available, and that many enjoy the benefits that wind energy brings to their communities.
Renewable energy advocates are deeply committed to continuously assessing effects of wind power on human health. Wind development is held to some of the highest standards in the country through the state permitting process, and studies consistently show that there is no direct health impact. We support initiatives that offer opportunities to discuss community concerns and provide science-based answers about wind energy.
Sources, courtesy of AWEA:
An Agenda for Clean Air: Protect the Air We Breathe. (2009).
Department of Energy. (2008). 20% Wind Energy by 2030
American Wind Energy Association. WINDPOWER OUTLOOK 2010.
American Lung Association. (2010). State of the Air: 2010. http://www.stateoftheair.org/2010/health-risks/health-risks-particle.html
WINDPOWER OUTLOOK 2010
WINDPOWER OUTLOOK 2010
U.S. News and World Report. (2008). 10 Ways Global Warming Could Hurt Your Health. http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/2008/09/15/10-
Kempton, W. & Levy, J. (2007). Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.ocean.udel.edu/windpower/DE-Qs/IRP-KempLevy-Health.pdf
Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects – An Expert Panel Review. 2009,
Epilepsy Foundation. (n.d.). Photosensitivity and Epilepsy. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/about/photosensitivity