A recent report by the Energy and Policy Institute documents the
rejection of anti-wind health claims by 48 courts and tribunals in
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US. In
one anomalous US case, two turbines which had had a
known problem were ordered to be shut down 12 hours a day,
four hours longer a day than the owner planned.
According to the report, wind opponents' health claims have
been rejected in almost all cases.
"Since 1998, 49 hearings have been held under rules of
legal evidence in at least five English-speaking countries and four
types of courts [and tribunals] regarding wind energy, noise, and
health. Forty-eight assessed the evidence and found no potential
for harm to human health. The sole outlier is an instructive but
Courts in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have also found
no connection between wind turbines and health issues per reports,
but the records are not in English...
Canada is the center of wind farm health-related court
challenges, with 17 separate hearings for its 7.8 GW of wind energy
capacity and a population of 35 million. This is mostly
due to Ontario, with 14 Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT)
decisions and two higher court cases. ...All Canadian courts
found that wind farms would not and do not cause health impacts
with proper setbacks in place. ...
As of July 2014, there is roughly one court case per
10 million people and for every two GW of wind energy to date for
English speaking countries:
An important conclusion can be reached in reviewing the various
courts' decisions – many people put forward as expert
witnesses bring a great deal of passion against wind energy, but
very little expertise. See the section on inexpert
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