to the Environmental Review Tribunal
of May 2013
C. Goddard Hill
Environmental Research Group
of the Appeal of
2012 MoE Director’s Decision
matter of Industrial Wind Turbines
Point, Prince Edward County,
for the Protection of Prince Edward
Madame Co Chair, and Honoured Guests,
My name is Alban Goddard Hill.
I live in Belleville, Ontario.
My own public interest group
is called…. the Eastern Lake Ontario
Environmental Research Group,
which was formed in the year 2000.
My presentation today is in support of
the Appeal of the MoE Decision in Ostrander
to the Environmental Review Tribunal
Mr. Chairman, as I am a physician
I would…. like to address
the human health implications of IWT’s.
In this regard I draw your attention
to Appendices III , IV, V and VI….
of my submission,
in the past decade ….there has been
a very large increase
in the number of… physician operated Sleep Clinics in Ontario.
There are now literally hundreds….
of these Clinics,
which are designed to help patients…..
who have Sleep Disorders,
of which there are number of types.
As a consequence…. much research….. has been done,
and sleep disorders are now a recognized
of a variety of effects….
on both physical and mental health,
some of them being…… quite serious.
One of the common effects of IWT’s
on people who live in their vicinity…..
It seems likely, therefore,
that some of those people
will suffer some of the health effects…
which are known to be caused by ….sleep
Appendix III… is a summary, from one source,
of some of the literature on sleep deprivation.
Appendix III documents
a wide variety of physiologic effects of
or in other words, a wide variety of health
(77 references, verified)
little more focused..
as it cites
which, taken together,
I know that
the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario
was asked about IWT’s….a couple
of years ago……
and it would be of great interest
to have had the Chief MOH ,
or …. indeed any….. Ontario ….Medical Officer of Health
attend this hearing
to interpret that review.
However it is not the Department of Health
which regulates Air Quality in Ontario…..
it is the Ministry of Environment.
The MoE was created in 1970 …..for
that express purpose….
to regulate ..Air Quality…..and air
and therefore it seems that
the public health people are ..not ….inclined…
to address air pollution issues…..it’s
not their job.
although the MoE… got off to a good start ….back in 1970…
in the regulation of Air Pollution ,
their behavior in this arena ….has
Regressive…. and ……Devious.
I have personally seen…. half a dozen
examples of this
in Eastern Ontario
alone….in the last 20 years.
I regret to say…..that…. 43 years
after it was formed,
in the regulation of air pollution, at least,
the MoE…. has lost the public trust.
Mr. Chairman, you are being asked to determine
whether the health effects of IWT’s
constitute “serious harm” …..to
it will…. not…. be possible
to make a fully informed decision on this
until the results of health studies
which are currently underway
In this circumstance it may be helpful instead
to consider the health effects of
MoE Director’s Decisions….and
of MoE…regulatory behavior…
as a Surrogate…
for the health effects of IWTs.
In other words,
a consideration of the…..Epidemiology….
of recent MoE Reglatory Behaviour….in
is very relevant to your determination
of whether serious harm to human health
from the Director’s Decision…in
Appendix V is provided ..for that purpose.
So Mr. Chairman, in conclusion,
at Ostrander Point, these IWT machines will…..
make people ill.
as Appendix V illustrates
the Director’s decision on Ostrander
has clearly been… compromised…..
by the documented pattern of past conduct …
by the MoE ….in the regulation of air
in eastern Ontario …over the past 15 years.
Mr. Chairman, and Madam Co Chair…..
for these…. reasons,
I urge you to suspend
the Director’s decision
until a fully informed analysis
of human health effects…. can be made.
Appendices I – V at eloerg.tripod.com/waupoos2012