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Battling wind noise

A member of Huron East Against Turbines is pointing out a case he says reinforces his group’s stand in the turbine noise issue.

Robert Tetu tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the story concerns a resident who lives 350 metres from a wind turbine transporter station near Shelburne.

Tetu says resident Paul Thompson bought a sound meter and was able to prove the sound coming from the station was above the legalized level of 40 decibels.

Tetu says Thompson’s residence would get between 48 and 51 decibels inside the home.

Tetu adds it took the wind company some time to react but eventually built a sound barrier around the transporter.

During Thompson’s presentation at the meeting he brought in a boom box with a recording of a wind turbine.

Tetu says they started the dial at 40 decibels and went up by four until they reached 60.

He says 40 decibels wasn’t too loud but could be aggravating.

Tetu notes when the dial was turned to 60 you weren’t able to hear a conversation in the room.

Thompson has made presentations to the Ministry of Environment on the case.

Tetu feels the Ministry doesn’t want to hear about problems surrounding Turbines.

He adds the wind companies don’t have sound devices to measure the amount of noise being generated.

Tetu says Thompson was no longer able to stay in his house and left a year and a half ago.

He tells us the wind company ended up purchasing the house from Thompson and have yet to find a buyer.

Tetu is concerned how Ontario is handling the Turbines.

He says the wind companies are trying to get them put them 550 metres behind houses.

Tetu tells us that is way too close to homes.

He says the World Health Organization says 15 hundred metres is a safe distance.

Tetu adds even one thousand metres would make him happy.