It appears the position of the wind turbine industry in Ontario is becoming weaker everyday. Now is an important time to increase the pressure on the government to deal with all of the problems.
- Call the Ontario Ministry of Environment ‘Spills’ number everyday that wind turbine noise is an issue for you.
- The Spills Action Centre operates 24-hours a day and can be reached through a province-wide toll-free number: 1-800-268-6060.
- Also send a regular, perhaps monthly letter or email to your regional Ministry of Environment office outlining your complaint and problems. Such as sleeping problems, headaches, dizziness, heart problems, etc. It is important that you stick with this, keep calling ‘Spills’ and writing until your issues are resolved. Do not stop sending in your complaints.
- How to find your regional office:
Contact your closest office from this link
- In the late part of 2011 the Ontario Ministry of Environment has developed new noise testing equipment. When a person has a well-established record of complaints the MoE will bring this equipment to your house for a period of approximately 1 week. When the noise is an issue the resident of the house simply presses a button to take a 10-minute sample of the noise. Other noises can be filtered out of the raw data so only the wind turbine noise is evaluated.
- When the Ministry of Environment staff comes to your house be polite and courteous to them. They are trying to help you. Please do not vent your frustrations on them. These people are not politicians. They are the staff that is also frustrated with many issues just as you are.
- We have yet to hear any results of this testing but it is important to send all complaints in to let the Ontario Ministry of Environment know that noise is a wide spread problem. If the current laws are inadequate to deal with the noise issues a large number of complaints will put pressure on the MoE to adjust the laws to properly deal with these problems.
- If you know others that have wind turbine noise problems please pass this information sheet along to them. If your neighbours have problems as well perhaps you can get together as a group to work with your regional Ministry of Environment office.
One of the biggest problems to date is the fact that people stop sending in complaints. This must change.