RNAO member quits over wind power health issue
We have just learned that an Ontario Nurse Practitioner has resigned her membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and refused numerous attempts to have her rejoin, because of the association’s stance on industrial wind power generation in this province.
According to Linda Rogers, NP, she is very concerned about the health effects she is seeing daily on the ground in her practice. “Serious harm,” is being caused, she says.
After contacting the RNAO she now objects to the fact that association refuses to budge from its politically motivated pro-wind power stance.
See Rogers’ letter below, and keep in mind that the association’s slogan is “Standing up for health, standing up for nurses.” In the case of Linda Rogers, a nurse concerned about a growing environmental health issue, and the hundreds of Ontario citizens now living in “sacrificial zones,” the association did neither.
Here is the letter, reprinted with permission.
August 8, 2012
Open Letter: RNAO Renewal of Membership 2012- SENT BY EMAIL
Attention: Doris Grinspun, Chief Executive Officer of RNAO
From: Linda J Rogers RNEC 84-19269 E
This letter is to acknowledge receipt of several invitations from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) to renew my membership and to provide an explanation as to why I have terminated my membership.
I have held a membership continuously with the RNAO since 1983- shortly after my graduation as a Registered Nurse with the Ontario College of Nurses. My registration as a Registered Nurse was and is to this date, in good standing with the College of Nurses.
The endorsement of the RNAO for renewable energy projects powered by wind is unacceptable and not supported by evidence based science. The current technology being used to utilize wind as a fuel source is causing harm to many individuals and their families. The evidence of this harm lies in the case histories of the people in proximity to industrial wind turbines who are suffering without relief or respite. The serious degree of harm that is being inflicted is clearly demonstrated by those individuals and families who have had to abandon their homes. What is not as easy to quantify, are those individuals who are not able to relocate from their residences and are being sickened to varying degrees, by ongoing exposure to the operations of wind projects.
My knowledge is direct and derived from the histories of clients who asked for assistance to advocate for their community being adversely affected from the operation of a wind project, and as well from my own personal research. Research which has included discussions with published and peer reviewed researchers who are currently studying the adverse effects, dose response, impacts for both human health and impacts upon the environment. My learning about industrial wind turbines ironically had started with seeking to understand the alarms being raised over the high kill rates of raptors and bats by these machines.
My home and farm are facing imminent enclosure by two of three large projects in the Haldimand Norfolk region. A quick survey of the proposed wind turbine layouts show about 15 turbines to be sited within 2 km of my home (3 projects totaling approximately 184 turbines located along a 60 km stretch of Lake Erie). Wind projects and the potential for adverse effects are both personal and a professional issue for me.
I can not be a member of any organization that would not consider the Precautionary Principle and apply it in this situation. Health studies must be completed by independent researchers to fully understand the mechanisms of harm as caused by renewable energy projects powered by wind.
Please feel free to contact me directly if further explanation is required.
Linda J Rogers RNEC – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
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COMING SOON: Parker Gallant on the Ontario Clean Air Alliance–one of the environmental groups upon whom the RNAO relies for its information–and their nonsensical rationale for wind power.