Appeal filed for Ontario wind turbine noise records

Government records for reports of wind turbine noise 2006-2016 have already been released — what’s the big deal about 2017?

October 10, 2019

Wind Concerns Ontario has filed a second appeal with the Information and Privacy Commissioner following failure of the environment ministry to respond to a routine request for copies of government records of citizen reports of wind turbine noise.

A request for the 2017 records was submitted in 2018, and full payment for the record search was made earlier this year. The environment ministry has already been the subject of one appeal, and was ordered by the Privacy Commissioner to respond.

Months have passed since and WCO, the coalition of community groups, individuals and families across Ontario concerned about the negative impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines, decided to appeal again.

The government launched the reporting system for wind turbine noise and other environmental health and safety concerns in 2009 when it passed the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. Then Premier Dalton McGuinty assured Ontarians that their health and safety would be protected, and concerns addressed.

The number of reports of noise pollution used to be public but posting that information halted in 2013; the Wynne government’s promise to reinstate a public accounting of the number of pollution reports in 2017 has never been fulfilled.

Wind Concerns Ontario already has records for 2006-2016, which include the number of individual Incident Reports filed with the environment ministry Spills Line or now Spills Action Centre as well as Master Incident Reports.

There were more than 4,500 such reports, which is almost certainly not the whole picture as some District Offices did not give Incident Report numbers and reports cannot now be tracked.

A request for 2018 documents is in process, and fulfillment expected within days.

contact@windconcernsontario.ca

 

Comments

Richard Mann
Reply

FYI I am attaching a letter from Dr Bokhout, acting medical officer of health, Huron County Health Unit on Sept 16, 2019.

The letter is to a citizen in Huron County.
I am publishing with the permission of the recipient.

Does this letter withstand scrutiny? Is this acceptable, given that ongoing lawsuits have all failed?

Sincerely,
Richard Mann

Encl: Dr Bokhout letter.
From: Maarten Bokhout
To: Carla Stachura ; Erica Clark
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2019, 11:14:02 PM EDT
Subject: possible adverse health effects from wind turbines

Dear Ms. Stachura,
I am responding to your email addressed to Dr. Erica Clark, dated August 29, 2019. I have reviewed your correspondence of August 14 and Rick Chappell’s May 15, 2018 response to the article “Altered Cortical and Subcortical…(etc)”.
I offer the following:
Your concern is that the wind turbines in your vicinity are noncompliant with MOE noise regulations. The noise is tonal. This is significant, as the foregoing article suggests that “infrasound near the hearing threshold may induce changes of neural activity across several brain regions,some of which…are regarded as key players in emotional and autonomic control “.
I am sympathetic to your ongoing concerns suggesting that there is a link between wind turbine noise and your (and your partner’s) health and wellbeing. In part, it was your persistence in notifying us at the health unit of your concerns that led me to seek approval for a study to try to determine whether or not there were particular health issues which could be linked to wind turbine activity. The study was approved but we were unable to attract enough participants to do a quantitative analysis of the data gathered. We will complete a descriptive analysis in the next month or so, but this will, unfortunately, not give us enough information to be able to state whether or not not the presence of wind turbines have an adverse effect on the PUBLIC health.
There is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that some INDIVIDUALS have trouble coping with the effects of active wind turbines (flicker, infrasound, possible stray electric currents). I note that the Madison county Board of Public Health recommends changes to the setbacks of FUTURE wind turbine projects.
Your best bet may be to seek redress in the courts. It is unfortunate that our study was not supported by enough residents of Huron County, some of which allegedly encouraged non participation in the study…

Maarten Bokhout, MD, etc. a/MOH

Stan Thayer
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Another topic that is coming to the realization during this 2019 election is the drop in economic activity caused by the McGuinty Wynne Liberals Green Energy Act of 2009. In 2009, ten years ago, the daily Ontario power grid demand topped out in the 30-32,000 MW range and this morning, October 13th 2019 it is 13,969 MW, less than half.
Businesses, their power demands, and jobs, have left Ontario.
No commercial entity can withstand a 60% cut in demand for a product and remain viable unless prices increase accordingly, in this case hydro prices.
Whether the Liberals planned this to hurt the next government or not, really doesn’t matter much now and no amount of windmills will bring it back.
Industrial Wind Turbines are killing our economy, along with ruining the lives of families while chopping up birds and in some places destroying fresh water aquifers. Everyone suffers in some way, so what is the benefit?
The former Liberal government sold Ontario to foreign investors and I dought if they intend to give it back, sort of, saving the planet, one bucket of kickbacks at a time!
This is my eleventh election and I hear the same empty promises from the same talking heads, only the names have changed!
Maybe this time, it will change for the better!
Stan

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