By Galen Eagle, Peterborough Examiner
MILLBROOK – Medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Pellizzari got a frosty reception from Cavan Monaghan Township council Tuesday after presenting a health unit report on the human impact of renewable energy projects such as wind turbines. The Peterborough County-City Health Unit report said high carbon dioxide producing energy forms such as coal have far greater adverse health effects on Ontarians as do renewable energy sources.
While there has been some evidence of health concerns for those living in proximity to industrial wind turbines, and there are two major studies on such impacts currently underway, the current provincial setbacks of 550 metres are reasonable, the report states. That message didn’t exactly sit well with a council that is trying to prevent wind turbines in its township and has long been critical of the province’s Green Energy Act.
“The Green Energy Act as far as I’m concerned is a farce,” Coun. Tim Belch said. “The government and the health unit as a mouthpiece for the government, as far as I’m concerned, is selling us a bill of goods that is complete nonsense.” Pellizzari politely took exception to being called a government mouthpiece. Read article