Why did Ontario Liberal Government knowingly and systemically approve developments with NO protection or recourse in place for nearby residents?
WCO has obtained internal correspondence raising alarm bells of serious problems. It shows wind projects in Ontario were approved with NO protection or recourse for nearby residents and no proper policies for ensuring compliance.
The internal memo dealing with significant noise complaints in respect to the Amaranth & Melancthon industrial wind developments was issued in June 2009 shortly after the Green Energy Act(GEA) was passed but before the "regulations" that flowed from the passing of the Act had been developed.
It is obvious that the employee from the Ministry of the Environment raised serious concerns about noise levels and the subsequent complaints that followed the commissioning of these two large industrial wind developments.
It should be noted that this e-mail was issued a month and a half after citizens testified to the GEA Standing Committee about adverse health outcomes from nearby wind developments and almost three months before the "GEA Regulations" were made in to law.
The most telling part of this e-mail is in the 2nd paragraph where the writer states:
"In short, the most pressing and immediate issue is that Certificates of Approval (AIR) have been issued for wind turbines with noise emission compliance limits specified in the approval. MOE currenlty has NO approval methodology for field measurement of the noise emissions from multiple noise sources. As such, there is no way for MOE Field Staff, (and I would submit anyone else), to confirm compliance or lack thereof with the noise limits set in the approvals."
What this document indicates is that the MOE passed a law that required the establishment of noise regulations and compliance but had yet to come up with the means to enforce them. Still they directed the Ontario Power Authority to move applications forward to the approval stage anyway.
John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario states,"Whatever the Liberal Government of Ontario is hiding is now surfacing. Name calling and bullying cannot change the fact that they have no idea what they are doing. Mr. McGuinty referred to people suffering as NIMBY's which was clearly NOT the case. Their 2008 Noise Guidelines for Windfarms were incomplete and unenforceable then and still are today and need to be rewritten."
The major question is whether these complaints and the recommendations of this ENE officer reached those who had responsibility for drafting the regulations. Was Premier Dalton McGuinty made aware of these real noise issues by Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman, and John Gerretsen Minister of Environment?
In the meantime, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King was reviewing literature on health and turbine issues from other parts of the world and recognized the issues elsewhere while just down the hall the Ministry of Environment was discussing sick families, lawsuits and buyouts.
Is it possible that this information was not disclosed to her by the very government who asked her to research the issue?
Wind Concerns Ontario demands a Public Inquiry into the suppression of information about the noise created near wind turbine installation which has forced many families to abandon their homes.