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Noise caused by turbines a nuisance  

(Re: New report questions turbine noise study, April 30 edition of the Examiner)

So the wind power industry and consultants hired by the government tell us Ontario’s noise rules for wind farms are ‘very good’ and ‘strike a balance’.

Why then are some families caught up in wind farm developments walking away from their homes?

We have all observed that on many evenings the wind slows down as the atmosphere becomes stable, but the scientists at the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) aren’t convinced this happens. They need to keep studying the ’emerging science’, i.e. cherry picking the research literature to support their pre-drawn conclusions on our dime.

How can the MOE ignore a U.K. government study which concluded that annoying noise emissions described by van den Berg do occur and can be present up to 15 per cent of the time?

While the MOE studies the problem, Ontario’s lax noise rules allow the government to let contracts worth $15 billion for another 3,000 wind turbines to be squeezed into populated southern Ontario.

As the wind farm developers follow the yellow brick road to Oz, families caught up in the developments will be exposed to noise pollution levels two times higher than what the World Health Organization says are safe.

Ron Mattmer
Owen Sound

The Barrie Examiner

5 May 2008

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