This page was created to help if you are experiencing disturbed living conditions and/or noise & health problems since the start up of wind turbines near your home. It is some sound information on what to do and who to talk to:
It is important to start a daily diary. We cannot emphasize this enough. While it may sound like a tedious chore, it will keep track of everything on a daily basis and is extremely helpful at recalling certain events or noticing a pattern to your observations. It can be crude notes, but the more detail the better. Make note of the weather, the time of day, the wind speed (low, moderate etc.) the atmosphere (foggy, snowing, sunny etc.) the blade direction. Note any physical responses, or any health issues. Any changes in behavior of your children, pets, livestock. All of these are very important, as well as recording the disturbances in the home (noise, vibration etc.)
When you are ready to lodge a complaint: Start by drafting a letter or email, clearly outlining the issues you are having and once completed, have the following phrase: “Please register this as a formal complaint” at the top of the letter. Simply state your experience as it is and you do not need to use anyone else’s observations to support yours, besides those who reside in your home. It must be your own personal experience. If you have multiple people in your household with complaints, detail them for each person.The complaint should be sent to:
- The Ministry of the Environment 1-866-MOE-TIPS (1-866-663-8477)
- The Wind Energy Company
- Your MPP,
- Your Township Office
If you are having health problems related to the turbines, you should report it to the Public Health Unit in your community. Send copies of your correspondence to all involved. Also add that you would like a reply from each of them that they have received your letter.
Keep a copy of all of your correspondence and if you should have any face to face meetings or phone calls, make sure you write down the pertinent points in your journal so you don’t forget what was said.
If you are having severe problems that need immediate attention call the Environmental Spills Reporting phone number 1-800-268-6060. Although the title does not sound appropriate, it is correct to use it and the call will go into the Ministry of the Environment reporting office to be dealt with.