The National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) report on wind farms and health, released today, found no link between wind turbines and health impacts, the clean energy industry peak body said.
“The NHMRC report found that there was ‘no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans’, which is the same conclusion reached by dozens of international and local studies,” Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said.
“While the NHMRC has called for more research into potential health impacts within 1500 metres of a wind farm, the evidence to support this is weak.
“Multiple scientific studies from all over the world have found no link between wind farms and adverse health effects, and this new report is no exception.
“Australia already has some of the world’s strictest regulations for wind farms, and we know that further scientific research will only reinforce the fact that wind energy is one of the safest and cleanest forms of energy generation in the world.”
The Clean Energy Council said the most recent international research was a large-scale study by the Canadian Government’s health body, unfortunately published too late for the NHMRC to review.
“Health Canada’s study measured health impacts and their relation to wind turbines in more than 1200 homes and found no direct link, even in houses located less than 600 metres from a wind turbine,” Mr Marsh said.
The Clean Energy Council said that while the evidence that wind farms are safe is piling up, the industry’s progress has been frustrated by endless reviews of government policy – especially the Renewable Energy Target.
“We are falling way behind the rest of the world when it comes to investment in wind farms and other clean forms of energy generation due to the ongoing uncertainty created by the review of the Renewable Energy Target,” Mr Marsh said.
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