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Huron-Kinloss council discuss moratorium on industrial wind turbines  

Credit:  By Garit Reid, The Lucknow Sentinel, www.lucknowsentinel.com ~~

At the Feb. 21 Huron-Kinloss council meeting council endorsed the resolution of the municipality of Arran-Elderslie and other municipalities across the province who asked the provincial government for a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbines.

This resolution is in regards to the municipalities who share concerns about the damaging and devastating repercussions within their communities. They have requested a one-year moratorium, with yearly extensions as required, on the construction of industrial wind turbines within the province of Ontario.

The participating municipalities would like the moratorium to be put in place before the ROMA/OGRA 2012 conference that started on Feb. 26.

Huron-Kinloss council, however, didn’t support the last part of the resolution, which stated that if the moratorium is not announced prior to the start date of the conference, that all municipal officials in attendance at the conference representing municipalities in opposition to the autocratic and dictatorial processes utilized by the government in establishing the Green Energy Act, shall leave the room immediately when the agenda reaches the point that the Premier (Dalton McGuinty) addressed the conference. This is to be done to show solidarity for the supporting municipalities on their disappointment for how the Green Energy Act has been mishandled.

Huron-Kinloss council discussed how they would react to walking out and it was decided that each individual councillor would have the choice to walk out of the conference if he/she so wished.

Council remuneration

Huron-Kinloss council’s costs were almost $120,000 last year, up $21,000 from 2010.

The report was presented by treasurer Jodi MacArthur at the Feb. 21 council meeting.

The increase is a result of council freezing its salaries in 2010 and then allowing for a slight hike in salaries and per diem rates for 2011.

Mayor Mitch Twolan was paid a total of $25,633.46, including $22,467 in salary and per diems, $2,148.36 for travel and parking, $498.10 for accommodation, $40 for meals, and $480 for other expenses.

Deputy mayor Wilfred Gamble received $15,522.66, including $14,282.40 in salary and per diems, $1,090.26 for travel and parking, and $150 for meals.

Councillor Lillian Abbott was paid $16,279.65, including $14,521.80 in salary and per diems, and $1,757.85 for travel and parking.

Councillor Jeff Elliott received $16,085.46, including $13,921.80 in salary and per diems, $1,953.66 for travel and parking and $210 for meals.

Councillor Jim Hanna was paid $10,039.14, including $9,571.80 in salary and per diems, and $467.34 for travel and parking.

Councillor Don Murray received $19,758.27, including $17,838.94 in salary and per diems, $1,769.33 for travel and parking, and $150 for meals.

Councillor Carl Sloetjes was paid $16,448.25, including $15,252.82 in salary and per diems, $1,045.43 for travel and parking, and $150 for meals.

OPG’s Deep Geological Repository

The Joint Review Panel (JRP) for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) Project for low and intermediate level waste announced the beginning of a six-month public comment period for the project’s Environmental Impact

Statement (EIS) and Preliminary Safety Report (PSR) on Feb. 3. The panel also announced the scheduling of an initial panel orientation session on Feb. 21.

The public comment period provides an opportunity for the JRP, public, interested stakeholders and Aboriginal communities to review, assess and comment on whether the EIS and PSR documents adequately address the requirements of the guidelines issued for the DGR Project in January 2009.

A media release, issued by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) announcing the public comment period, and detailed instructions on how to submit comments to the JRP can be viewed at the CEAA website located at: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/document -eng.cfm?document-54160.

The potential environmental effects of the DGR Project are examined in the EIS, with the conclusion that the DGR is not likely to result in any significant adverse residual effects to human health or the environment.

The announcement of the public comment period follows the federal appointment of the JRP on Jan. 24.

Source:  By Garit Reid, The Lucknow Sentinel, www.lucknowsentinel.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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