Wind turbine study

July 2018

Interim Report for Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration and Light

The Interim Report for Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration and Light [PDF] is now available.

This report provides background on purpose, methods and recruitment efforts, as well as the number of residents who have participated in different aspects of the study as of July 2018.

February 2018

How to sign up for the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration and Light

You are eligible to participate if you are a Huron County resident and live within 10 km of a wind turbine. We want to hear from people who are bothered by wind turbines and we want to hear from people who are not bothered by wind turbines. To see if your household is eligible, please view the eligibility map. If you are having trouble opening the PDF, please see below.

Eligibility maps, and all the materials needed to register and participate in the study, are also available at any Huron County library branch. Huron County libraries can also return signed and completed materials to the Health Unit for you.

For more information about this study, please read the following:

How to join the study:

1. Complete and return your consent

You can download the Participant Consent Form [PDF] or get a paper copy from any Huron County library or the reception desk at the Huron County Health Unit.

Children under the age of 16 will need a Parent Guardian Permission Form [PDF] signed and may also choose to sign a Child Assent Form [PDF]. These forms are also available at any Huron County library or at the Health Unit.

You may either return witnessed, completed consents directly to the Health Unit or you may take them to any Huron County library branch and they will send them to the Health Unit.

2. Complete the registration survey

After receiving your completed consent, Health Unit staff will send you an ID number. Use the ID number to  complete the registration survey. This only needs to be done once.

You may fill out the Registration Survey online or download the Registration Survey – paper version [PDF]. You can also get this survey at the reception desk of the Health Unit or any Huron County library. Any Huron County library branch will also return completed paper surveys to the Health Unit for you.

3. Fill out the observation diary.

You can choose either an Observation diary – online version or the Observation Diary – paper version [PDF].

The observation diaries are also available at any Huron County library branch and any library branch will return completed diaries to the Health Unit for you.

Completing the observation diary

The diary can be completed throughout the 12 month study.  Every month, we are asking you to complete the Observation Diary for at least one week.  During that week, we are asking you to write at least one observation for every day.  There is no limit to how many days or weeks you complete the Observation Diary each month.  There is no limit to how many observations you can write each day.

You can write observations that say you are not bothered by wind turbines.  You can also write observations that say you are bothered by wind turbines.

About the study

This study has been reviewed and received research ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE 22115). However, the decision to participate is yours.

For more information about the study, please contact Dr. Erica Clark at 519.482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143 extension 2022 or eclark@huroncounty.ca.  You can also contact her by mail at:

Dr. Erica Clark
Huron County Health Unit
77722B London Road RR5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0

The Huron County Health Unit Medical Officer of Health will not be writing an order under section 13 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. A single study will not provide enough evidence to prove causality. Further, the Medical Officer of Health does not have the authority to write an order under section 13 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to curtail or shut down wind turbines. An Ontario Health Services Appeal and Review Board decision and Ontario Superior Court of Justice judicial review outline the limits on a Medical Officer of Health’s authority to write orders.

October 2017 summary

In October 2017, the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration and Light launched. The Huron County Health Unit held information meetings for the purpose of explaining the study process and answering questions from the public on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Huron County Health Unit in the Health and Library Complex, Clinton.

Huron County residents living within five km of a wind turbine were mailed an information letter and consent form. Residents living 5-10 km from a wind turbine were also invited to participate by reading the information letter on this website, downloading and printing the consent form, and returning the completed consent form to the Huron County Health Unit by mail or in person.

Copies of the information letter, consent form, parent permission form, child assent form, Registration Survey and Observation Diary are also available at any branch of the Huron County Library. A copy of the map showing what areas of the county can participate in the study is also available at all branches of the Huron County Library.

Materials used to participate in the study are the following:

Registration records from the April 2016 wind turbine study

The people who registered in the spring of 2016 were sent an information letter and consent form by mail.  Once the information letters and consent forms have been mailed all registration records from the April 2016 investigation will be destroyed.


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