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A local health unit board member rejects the findings of an environment ministry study that there are no direct health effects from wind towers. "The study is a year old. I don't know why they re-released it," Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit board member Heather Staubles said in an interview this week.
Green Energy Act opponent Lorrie Gillis says the McGuinty government's latest assurances that there are no direct health effects from wind turbines is just another slap in the face for people who have been made sick by industrial wind farms. "They're basically being revictimized again," the Flesherton-area resident said Saturday in an interview.
"The ministry (of the environment) and wind industry keep on saying that there is no direct health risk, but they are wrong," said Amherst Island resident John Harrison, a retired Queen's University physics professor who was consulted during the creation of the report.
I share your concern about the potentially serious effects of wind turbine generated pressure changes at significant distances from the site. The problem is similar to the premature application of 750 kV lines and the various US Navy projects that resulted in significant health problems because political and economic enthusiasm eclipsed perspicacious and informed decisions. I would recommend a delay in the construction and operation of wind turbines in your region until an objective environmental impact study is completed.
They're suing Suncor, claiming the turbines triggered their now non-stop health problems. "It's not a question of money. We want our health back. We want to keep our place. We just want these things gone," Michel says.
One man who spoke with The Daily News doesn't doubt some people's health does suffer due to the turbines. "Everybody is not the same," he said. "Everybody is going to have a different way of it affecting them." The Michaud property is just over a kilometre away from the closest turbine.
MOE officials repeatedly told the couple in early 2009 that the power company (Canadian Hydro Developers) were in compliance with the law yet the company's own consultants report sent to the MOE concluded noise pollution from the turbines was generally higher than Ontario's limits.
But they say the wind farm, which started up in May with eight large turbines, has changed their lives. The closest turbine is 1.1 kilometre away, but the Michauds say a "tunnel effect" from the row of turbines stretching into the distance compounds the impact on their property.
In his memo, Hall explains provincial regulations assume WTGs don't emit a tonal or cyclic variation quality, but noted MOE field officers at the Melancthon EcoPower Centre concluded some of them did. ...According to a 2008 MOE guideline, those sounds, which Hall said field officers confirmed existed at the Melancthon EcoPower Centre, could trigger a five dB penalty.
The memo concludes that the current limit of 40 decibels should be reduced to 30 to 32 decibels. In the opinion of ministry officers, that level of sound "would not cause or be likely to cause adverse effects" for residents living near turbines, it says. Reducing noise standards to that level would require the province to significantly increase its current 550-metre minimum setback for turbines from surrounding buildings.
Council was debating turbine rules after receiving a staff report with revisions that were made after comments received during a public hearing last month. "We're happy with where we are," Saunders told reporters outside the council chamber. "What we're really pleased with, also, is the fact that council has listened to the concerns of the people."
The Tribunal’s 223-page ruling provides a fascinating, in-depth look at the state of current wind farm science and policy; many pages are devoted to the testimony of each of the witnesses, which included well-known researchers with a wide range of viewpoints, including Rick James, Geoff Levanthall, Christopher Hanning, Robert Colby, and many others.
The tribunal found there is a need for further study of the effects of wind turbines, which detractors say emit low frequency noise that leads to sleeplessness and an array of related problems including stress, anxiety and hypertension causing heart disease.
"They've said in black and white they have no way to ensure compliance with the certificate of approvals, yet they willingly and knowingly continue to issue them," said Mr. Laforet. "If there is unenforceable compliance, you're just letting industry do what it wants and the government is rubber-stamping it."
Wind Concerns spokesman John Laforet says the Liberal government has been completely dishonest on the issue, and warns it will pay a price in lost seats in the Oct. 6 election.
The Ministry of the Environment (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.
Dr. Robert McCunney, a co-author of the a 2009 review of wind turbine reports for the American and Canadian wind energy associations - which concluded there is no adverse effects on human health due to wind turbine noise - was challenged on whether he still believes this is the case.
Suncor Energy's Kent Breeze Wind Farm must meet a noise limit of 40 decibels -about the same level as that of normal conversation -at homes near its proposed wind turbines, Ministry of the Environment engineer John Kowalewski told a hearing this week in Chatham.
"The province ought not to proceed with the development of industrial wind turbines any further," said Dr. Robert McMurtry, a past dean of the medical school at the University of Western Ontario and a former assistant deputy minister of health for the federal government. "There is a lot of suffering," McMurtry said. "We need to understand why."
"The province ought not to proceed with the development of industrial wind turbines any further," said Dr. Robert McMurtry, a past dean of the medical school at the University of Western Ontario and a former assistant deputy minister of health for the federal government. "There is a lot of suffering," McMurtry said.