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Health effects of Dawson Creek wind park to be examined

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The Bear Mountain wind park near Dawson Creek. (photo by Andrew Kurjata)

Health Canada has announced it will be studying the health effects of wind turbines after complaints from people living near wind farms in Ontario. Now, one family near a wind park in Dawson Creek is raising its own concerns. Andrew Kurjata spoke with Garry Laveck who says that he supported the park when it was being built, but is now concerned about headaches, blood pressure changes and depression affecting him and his family.

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A spokesperson for AltaGas says they monitor sound levels and report to the B.C. government. A spokesperson for the B.C. government, on behalf of the Environmental Assessment Office (under the Ministry of Environment) told CBC:

  • "As part of the Environmental Assessment Office's approval of the Bear Mountain wind power project, the proponents were required to comply with specific noise standards."
  • "Last year, in response to noise complaints about the project, the provincial government retained a qualified expert to conduct a one-year sound study. Testing should be completed by October 2012, analysis and filtering of the results will take until December 2012."
Results of that study are slated to be released in January 2013.

 

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