Industrial Wind Turbines Shatter Environmental Guidelines

Noise GreyGrey Highlands, Ontario
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PRESS RELEASE February 3, 2013
New scientific measurements reveal that industrial wind turbines (IWTs) in Ontario routinely exceed acceptable noise limits set by Ministry of Environment (MOE) guidelines.

Five typical sites in central Ontario were independently monitored using precision sound recording instruments. Two sites provided background sound levels with no exposure to wind turbines. Three other sites were adjacent to turbines with distances ranging from .6 to 1.4 kilometres between the IWTs and the measuring instruments. These are distances beyond the 550m distance set by MOE.

The data shows that when wind turbines are present, the associated sound pressure levels are repeatedly higher than government guidelines permit during the day, evenings and late at night.  The study results suggest that the model used by the MOE to predict sound pressure levels substantially under-estimates levels of industrial wind turbine noise. This implies the problem is generalized and not merely confined to each test site under study.

The analysis reaffirms hundreds of subjective reports from residents living near wind turbine installations about daily disturbances.  Two policy aspects are key for investigation; the location of turbines relative to dwellings (i.e. their relative setback), and the validity of current MOE noise guidelines. Both policies influence citizen well-being and require review.

Contact: Nicholas Kouwen
kouwen@uwaterloo.ca  519-922-2602

Full report: http://www.windvictimsontario.com/
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Community group demands setback from wind project to protect environment, health

P1020398The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier -Designate
Open Letter re Safe Setback Amendment to GEA

Dear Premier-Designate Wynne:

Congratulations on your election to office as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and our new Premier-Designate.

We ask you now to consider acting on an issue of critical importance to Ontario’s rural and small urban communities, and the environment. We believe it is well past the time to amend the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) to protect the health and safety of Ontario citizens and wildlife.

To be specific, this amendment should stipulate that until scientifically-determined setbacks are established, Industrial Wind Turbines must be no closer than 10km from internationally-recognized Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and no closer than 2km from present or future residential home sites. These interim “Safe Setback” amendments would remain in effect until scientifically-determined safe setback distances are decided by independent organizations such as Nature Canada and Health Canada.

CCSAGE strives to promote “Safe and Appropriate Green Energy”, but many Ontario wind energy projects are neither safe nor appropriate. These include the recently-approved nine-turbine project on Crown Land in the Important Bird Area or IBA at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County. Read letter