Dear Concerned Citizens,
The Environmental Registry for Ontario (ERB) has posted the following proposal for public comments until Oct. 5, 2013. According to the ERB Registry # 011-9860 this proposal is for a new Environmental Compliance Approval (Air and Noise) for a wind turbine rotor blades facility located in Welland, Ontario.
The facility will have eighteen (18) exhaust fans and two (2) dust extraction systems serving the processing area, as well heating and stand-by power systems. Emissions to the atmosphere will include ammonia, petroleum distillates, ethylbenzene and suspended particulate matter.
Powerblades Industries Inc is applying to have a release of toxins allowed in the approval so there will be no legal way to shut them down for this unless it can be proven that they are over the limit stated in the approval and they are unsuccessful at mitigating this over the limit amount within about 2 years.
Comments can be made here until Oct. 5, 2013.
For those of you that would like additional information the following fact sheets have been made available:
My particular concern is what is in the Suspended Particulate Matter? Since the blades are made from a carbon fibre – a non-recyclable material – is one of the particulate fibres Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)?
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), are valuable industrial products with multiple applications in the field of nanotechnologies. Yet legitimate concerns about their potential adverse effects on human health need to be addressed because they present similarities to asbestos fibres in terms of their shape and size. It is legitimate to raise the question of their safety for human health. CNTs are elongated and ultrafine, and the fact is that human beings may be exposed to CNTs through inhalation. While not yet definitive, data are now available providing information on the pulmonary and cellular effects of CNTs, which may be compared to those of asbestos fibres.
We do not need another asbestos like fiasco because we jumped into something without due diligence. Ignorance will not protect anyone. Plausible deniability as in “I didn’t know” will not protect us from the scientific effects of ammonia, petroleum distillates, ethylbenzene, and suspended particulate matter.
A Senior Official with the MOE has confirmed that as of Dec 2012 there were no medical experts on their staff. Dr. Arlene King, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, does not want any involvement with the effects of IWT’s on human health. According to the MOE health complaints are to be given to the local Medical Officer of Health. The local Medical Officer of Health for the Niagara Region is Dr. Valerie Jaeger.
Please send letters of concern to the EBR using the internet or post to
Application Assessment Officer Ministry of the Environment Operations Division Environmental Approvals Access and Service Integration Branch Application Verification Unit 2 St. Clair Avenue West Floor 12A Toronto Ontario M4V 1L5 Phone: (416) 314-8001 Fax: (416) 314-8452 Toll Free Phone: (800) 461-6290,
Letters should also be sent to Welland Mayor and council members and the Regional Medical Officer of Health – Dr. Valerie Jaeger.
Email addresses of Welland Mayor and council members and Regional Medical Officer Dr Valerie Jaeger:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 2, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dr. Valerie Jaeger firstname.lastname@example.org
Government ministers, ministries, agencies and municipalities have an ethical duty and legal obligation to protect the health, safety, quality of life and well being of citizens and their properties. Please just do your job so I can get back to enjoying mine.