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South Huron an “unwilling host” to wind turbines

SOUTH HURON – The Municipality of South Huron has officially declared itself an “unwilling host” to industrial wind turbines.

Council passed a motion at its May 13 meeting declaring itself an unwilling host to wind turbines, while also requesting the province give more say to municipalities regarding municipal planning and site plan control for future wind and solar projects.

As reported in last week’s Times-Advocate, council declined at its May 6 meeting to declare itself an unwilling host to wind turbines, but at its May 13 meeting, in front of about 25 anti-wind turbine protesters, council unanimously declared itself an unwilling host.

The audience applauded council for its decision.

Coun. Tom Tomes put forth the original motion that council requested greater say on future turbine projects, explaining that many concerns about turbines have been raised. He also expressed concern over the province’s Green Energy Act which took away municipal planning powers regarding wind and solar projects.

“I think the premier made a mistake,” Tomes said.

Coun. Bill Francis requested that the motion include the fact that South Huron is an unwilling host to turbine projects. Tomes agreed and the motion, which will be sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ministry of the Environment, was passed.