Upcoming Society for Risk Analysis seminar on wind turbines and public health

The Society for Risk Analysis New England Chapter (SRA-NE), an organizational partner of the Research Translation Core, will be hosting a seminar entitled “Wind Turbines and Public Health: Findings from the MA DEP Panel Report and Beyond” on Tuesday January 28, 2014. Refreshments will be served at 4:15pm and the presentations followed by discussion will begin at 5:00pm at USEPA Region 1 in Boston. The event will feature presentations from Sheryl Grace PhD of Boston University and Wendy Heiger-Bernays PhD of Boston University School of Public Health. An abstract of the upcoming seminar is found below.  Students and SRP colleagues are encouraged to attend!  For more information visit http://www.sra-ne.org/seminars/20140128.doc and to register for the event, please contact Margarita Shablya of Health Effects Institute (Phone: 617-488-2345 Email: mshablya [at] healtheffects.com.)



We all depend on some form of energy to survive.  Yet all forms of energy have adverse impacts that differ in their nature and severity and in how those impacts are distributed geographically and among different segments of society.  The better known risks of nuclear and fossil fuel derived energy have caused people to favor alternative, more ‘environmentally friendly’ forms of energy – wind and solar power.  However, these have their critics as well. What is the contribution of scientists and risk analysts in this debate?

This seminar will be devoted to a discussion of wind turbines, focusing on the results of the January 2012 MA DEP “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study” – available at http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/energy/wind/turbine-impact-study.pdf We hope that the presentation will be useful to those involved in wind turbine siting and evaluation but will also stimulate broader discussion of the public health, policy and communication challenges associated with energy use.

January 27, 2013