ompanies hoping to build a wind energy facility in Three Mile Plains must provide the Environment Department with more specifics before the project can move forward.
Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau is asking Scotian WindFields Inc., Scotian Wind Inc. and WEB Wind Energy North America Inc. to submit additional information that shows how far the turbines will be locatedfrom the general public.
To receive approval, the three turbines must be 550 metres from the nearest receptor, said Belliveau, in a letter addressed to Scotian WindFields CEO Dan Roscoe.
In the same letter, dated March 7, Belliveau says the noise level generated by the turbines must be lower than 40 decibels at the nearest reception point, and shadow flicker must be limited to 30 minutes per day.
Belliveau also asked for more details explaining how the project will be built and operated in the Mill Lakes Watershed Protected Area.
“During the review, concerns were expressed with the lack of information concerning the construction and operation of the project in the Mills Lakes Watershed Protected Area,” the letter says.
The minister insisted the developers consult the Municipality of West Hants, the Town of Windsor and the Mill Lakes Watershed Advisory Committee to gather more information.
The developers have one year to submit the requested information. The environmental assessment must be approved before the project can begin.
The proposed six-megawatt project has yet to receive approval from the Municipality of West Hants.
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