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Ontario Divisional Court dismisses challenge to giant wind turbines  

Credit:  The Canadian Press, www.journalpioneer.com 3 March 2011 ~~

TORONTO – A court challenge to Ontario’s controversial wind energy program has been dismissed by the Divisional Court.

Ian Hanna took the government to court, claiming there was no medical evidence to say a 550-metre distance between homes and industrial wind turbines was actually safe.

The three judges who heard arguments in late January issued their decision today, dismissing Hanna’s application.

However, the judges noted they had very little jurisdiction because there was no evidence the government regulation was passed without authority or was unconstitutional.

The Liberal government recently imposed a moratorium on off-shore wind energy projects – similar to a moratorium it imposed just before the 2007 election and then lifted after the vote.

It says there’s not enough scientific evidence on the impact of the giant turbines in fresh water, but say there’s plenty of evidence to show the land-based windmills pose no threat to human health.

Source:  The Canadian Press, www.journalpioneer.com 3 March 2011

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