No point measuring infrasound if province doesn’t care, says Kincardine councillor
New noise studies will show infrasound from wind power projects, but why spend money to protect residents when province doesn’t regulate low frequency noise, Laura Haight says.
560 CFOS News, April 11, 2016
At least one Kincardine Councillor thinks it may be time to put the lid on spending for wind turbine noise studies.
Laura Haight says the municipality has already done a study on acoustics in an area that will have turbines operating and another study is scheduled now that the turbines are operational.
Haight says it’s likely there will be more infrasound in the “after” study but it means nothing to the province.
She says the Ministry of Environment doesn’t consider infrasound in its approval process, so she questions why they should spend money to prove the issue.
Haight says with the municipality facing myriad capital projects and an infrastructure deficit, she wants to know when the turbine studies will come to an end.
The issue came up after Central Grey Bruce Wind Concerns Ontario spokesperson, Rachel Thompson, questioned the scientific criteria of a study done for Kincardine recently.
Thompson would like to see another study done with the correct Request for Proposal parameters being spelled out.
She says with a correctly-done study, it will put the province in a position not to ignore the results.
Staff will return with a report on the issue for Councillors to discuss at a future meeting of council.
Meanwhile, Council has given its support to a study of health problems being done in Huron County on residents living close to turbines.