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Noise from wind farm acceptable: study  

A study commissioned by the P.E.I. government into noise from the Eastern Kings Wind Farm has found the sound level for nearby residents is within acceptable limits.

In April, Elmira resident Dwayne Bailey, who lives about one kilometre from the wind farm, complained that noise from the turbines was so loud, his sleep was being disturbed and he was becoming ill.

A monitoring program by the firm Jacques Whitford and Associates measured noise on six occasions, for about 18 hours each time. The study concluded noise from the turbines meets, or is lower than, noise level guidelines throughout Canada.

“There was no evidence of noise levels sufficient to cause any health problems amongst the residents in the area,” said deputy chief health officer Lamont Sweet.

“There’s been a lot of work done on this and certainly it’s been looked at very thoroughly and sent to the people nationally who have the most information on this. So I think we have gotten the information that is the most reliable that we can get.”

Bailey didn’t want to do a taped interview Monday. He said he hadn’t had a chance to read the report.

He did tell CBC News that the noise from the turbines forced him to vacate his home in Elmira, and he has purchased a new house about 15 kilometres away.

CBC News

24 July 2007

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