The finalisation of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) report examining the scientific evidence around wind farms and human health has concluded there is no consistent evidence wind farms cause adverse health effects.
It’s the same conclusion reached in dozens of international and local studies, and has been welcomed by the renewable energy sector, including the Clean Energy Council (CEC) and Infigen Energy.
“While the NHMRC has called for more research into potential health impacts within 1500m of a wind farm, the evidence to support this is weak,” CEC policy director Russell Marsh said.
“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 further scientific research will only reinforce the fact wind energy is one of the safest and cleanest forms of energy generation in the world.”
The most recent international research was a large-scale study by the Canadian Government’s health body, which was published too late for the NHMRC to review, according to Mr Marsh.
“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 600m from a wind turbine,” he said.
The CEC said, while evidence 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.