NHMRC – Wind Turbines & Health, A Rapid Review of the Evidence July 2010
In July 2010 the National Health & Medical Research Council released its rapid review of literature relating to wind turbines and health.
Subsequent questioning in the Federal Parliament has revealed that the previously unidentified peer reviewers of the Rapid Review were Professor Simon Chapman and Professor Geoffrey Leventhall.
The following extract from the Rapid Review has been widely used by State Departments of Health, Planning and Environmental Protection Agencies and appears on most wind developer’s websites as a counter to the claim that wind turbines can cause adverse health effects on turbine neighbours:
“This review of the available evidence, including journal articles, surveys, literature reviews and government reports, supports the statement that: There are no direct pathological effects from wind farms and that any potential impact on humans can be minimised by following existing planning guidelines.”
This Rapid Review has been critiqued by various professionals – see below
Dr. Nina Pierpont, M.D., author of the seminal peer reviewed book Wind Turbine Syndrome, has produced a critique of the NHMRC Rapid Review.
Professor Carl V. Phillips, PhD, Epidemiologist, Professor of Public Health, critiques the NHMRC’s Rapid Review commencing Page 23, in his Submission to the Federal Senate Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms
The Society for Wind Vigilance, Ontario Canada, an international federation of physicians, engineers and other professionals, has produced a criticism of the Rapid Review entitled Haste Makes Waste
In an open letter to the Directors of the NHMRC, Brett Horner produces an Audit of the Rapid Review