Local wind turbine fighters have turned to the province’s environment commissioner to request a formal review of environmental legislation governing noise produced by large-scale industrial wind developments, which they maintain is the cause of a laundry list of health issues for their members.
Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns Ontario members representing a group representing Kincardine area residents and representatives of Wind Concerns Ontario met with Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller in Toronto Dec. 12, to request a formal review of portions of this environmental legislation.
CWCO Rachel Thompson and Bill MacKenzie of Health Affected Residents Meeting (HARM) of Kincardine and Warren Howard of Wind Concerns Ontario met with Miller to speak about the more than 30 families in Kincardine, who said they’ve been made ill by environmental noise and vibration from the 115-turbine Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project in Bruce Township.
“Right now, Ministry of Environment standards, noise models and testing have focused on audible noise outsidepeople’s homes,” said Thompson in the WCO media release. “But the symptoms reported by the residents point to problems with vibration inside homes. This is consistent with low frequency noise/infrasound, not the audible noise that is the focus of the MOE regulatory framework.”
Thompson argues the MOE needs to be “testing inside homes using protocols that include measurement of low frequency noise/infrasound” in order to fully understand the problems people are experiencing.
H.A.R.M. (which is a sub-group of WCO member group Central Bruce-Grey Wind Concerns) and Wind Concerns Ontario is also asking for emergency aid for families no longer able to live in their homes due to the noise and vibration.
The group also wants to see a halt to approvals of new wind power projects in the area until scheduled federal health studies in the impacts of industrial wind turbines are completed.
The Ministry of the Environment will review the request and report back to the Environmental Commissioner early in the New Year.
Samsung-Pattern currently plans to build upwards of 98 more turbines in the Kincardine Township area of the Municipality of Kincardine in the next year.
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