(Queen’s Park) – Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott wants to see controversial wind farm projects placed on hold, pending completion of a study documenting their health effects.
“Before building massive new wind farms, we need to know they’re safe,” he said. “That’s the valid point my constituents are making.”
In resolution he introduced March 25 in the Ontario Legislature, Mr. Arnott is calling for completion of a comprehensive and credible study, which would document the full health effects of wind turbines, before any new wind farm proposals could proceed.
“This is an important step, because it elevates the issue and it shows that we’re serious,” explained Mr. Arnott. “It puts the issue squarely on the legislative agenda, so that the McGuinty government can’t just ignore it.”
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch introduced a similar motion last fall, but every Liberal present at the time voted to defeat it. Still, given increasing interest and concern over the issue, Mr. Arnott believes the Legislature needs to look at this again.
His initiative is largely based on a resolution adopted by municipalities across Ontario. The County of Wellington and the Township of Centre Wellington, among others, have passed the resolution originating in December with the Township of Mapleton.
“Our local councils deserve credit for taking a strong stand,” said Mr. Arnott.
Wind farm proposals now under consideration are linked directly to the McGuinty government’s Green Energy Act. Last year, Mr. Arnott spoke and voted against the legislation, which has restricted opportunities for public input.
More recently, on February 24, Mr. Arnott spoke in the Legislature on the proposed Belwood Wind Farm, passing along some of the concerns he has heard from area residents.
Mr. Arnott’s resolution reads as follows:
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment, should issue a moratorium on the approval of wind energy projects until a comprehensive and credible epidemiological health study has been completed by a qualified and independent third party, and released to the people of Ontario.
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Ted Arnott, MPP