There has been a lot of discussion on OWR about the fact that a lease holder can sign away the right of a safe and healthy environment for all occupants on their land, and the Ontario Government is not looking to protect these people (children, workers, other family and visitors) either. This concern was brought up at the NextEra Adelaide ERT to the Ministry of Environment’s witness, Noise Engineer Mr. Zanganeh, in cross examination. As well you’ll see the ERT does not recognize the term “human habitat”. This was not the only time the appellants were was cut off by the Chair for using it, and may also be a reason as to why they had many witnesses denied… if reasons are ever disclosed. Handy, isn’t it? We don’t HAVE a habitat, so there’s is nothing to protect!
Ms. Wrightman – If you have a non-participating vacant lot beside a turbine, a person cannot build within that range of 40 dBA that encroaches onto their property – between 40 dBA and whatever it goes up to as it gets closer to the turbine…….. or can they…?
Mr. Zanganeh – With the knowledge of that, they can build – with the knowledge of that.
Ms. Wrightman – Do you think that 40 dBA zone is a human habitat zone? That its something that should be recommended with that noise level?
Mr.Weretelnyk – Mr. Chair, I don’t think this is…
Chair Mr. Vanderbent – I know, hang on. This reference to human habitat is not a defined term, and can be fairly broadly construed by whoever uses that term, so…
Ms. Wrightman – A home.
Ms. Wrightman – So, is the MOE and the engineers, by allowing that to happen, allowing these turbines to go up and these houses to come in that close. Sure, somebody can build a house there; but, is that protecting the kids in that house? Are there regulations protecting the children in that house not just the guy who put the house up; the people in it?
Chair Mr. Vanderbent – Well I think that’s something to be raised more in submissions. The basis of your question is that the MOE gets to approve whether somebody builds on their property. And we don’t have any regulatory basis with respect for that before us to know if it’s even true or not.