Wind turbine investigation

Please check this page for updates as they become available.

December 30, 2016

Community Information Meetings

The Huron County Health Unit will be holding information meetings for the purpose of explaining the investigation process as well as answering questions from the public.

Additional meeting dates will be announced through local media and on this webpage.

Registration records from wind turbine investigation that was put on hold April 2016

Registration for the wind turbine investigation that was put on hold in April 2016 is closed. The registrations that were received in the spring of 2016 will be stored on a secure County of Huron server until one of the following events occurs:

  1. The person who registered for the investigation contacts the Huron County Health Unit and requests that their information be deleted.
  2. The new community noise investigation begins. At that time, everyone who registered will be contacted and asked if they:
    1. Want their registration record moved to the new investigation
    2. Want their registration record deleted

The Huron County Health Unit does not own the investigation registration records. Those records belong to the person who submitted the information. The information in the investigation registration records cannot be shared with any other organization without the permission of the person who registered.

New Investigation

The Huron County Health Unit will be investigating the concerns of some citizens regarding potential health effects of noise sources (including wind turbines), in keeping with our legislative duty to investigate potential population health hazards.

This investigation will only be open to Huron County residents. You will have to provide a 911 address or street address to register for the investigation. Rural route addresses will not be accepted.

We want to hear from Huron County residents who live close to wind turbines. We want to hear from those who are, and those who are not experiencing health concerns, as information from Huron County residents not experiencing symptoms is also useful.

We will not be contacting anyone or accepting registrations until we are ready to launch the investigation in early 2017.

Huron County residents who do not have internet access will be able to register for the paper version of the survey by calling the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or 519.482.3416.

Steps to complete before launching the community noise investigation

  1. Survey development
  2. Ethics approval through University of Waterloo
  3. Media release announcing start of investigation

We are currently working on step one: survey development. Feedback has been received on draft two of the surveys. Draft three of the surveys are being written now.

Survey tools under development

There are three surveys currently being developed. One survey will be done as a telephone interview and the other two will be done as electronic surveys. A pen and paper alternative will be available for the electronic surveys.

Data collection will occur for one year to allow for seasonal analysis of complaints.

1. Registration Interview (phone interview)
The purpose of this interview is to gather information about the participant’s:

  1. Date of birth
  2. Gender
  3. Address

2. Complaint form (electronic survey)
The purpose of this electronic survey is to document participants’ complaints. The following information will be collected:

  1. Date and time of the complaint
  2. Description of the complaint
  3. Impact on the participant

3. Absence form (electronic survey)
The purpose of this electronic survey is to document when a participant is not at home. When doing the analysis, we will be assuming that if there is no complaint everything is fine. The information on this survey will allow us to distinguish between those who do not have a complaint and those who are not at home. The following information will be collected:

  1. Date and time participant leaves home
  2. Date and time participant returns home