Ontario Environment Ministry sued: failure to protect public from industrial wind turbine noise alleged


 

Four community groups say the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change knows its wind turbine noise regulations were inadequate, so they changed them. Why now, are the five newest projects not subject to stricter regulation? Hundreds of people will be exposed to noise emissions from turbines that will likely be non-compliant as soon as they begin operating.

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TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2018 /CNW/ – A judicial review application has been filed against the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) in the Divisional Court in Toronto. The application alleges Ontario regulations and directives limit the amount of noise any residence in the province should have to tolerate from a wind project. Modelling is used to predict these impacts.

The MOECC has admitted previous guidelines resulted in underestimates of the noise at nearby homes. However, without any evidence that this was necessary, the MOECC has allowed companies promoting at least five large-scale wind projects to ignore new government guidelines. The result is hundreds of Ontario residents near these planned turbines could be living next to turbines that produce noise out of compliance with government regulations. If these projects, located in various parts of Ontario, were required to comply with the new guidelines, it is estimated up to three-quarters of these turbines would have to be relocated or removed.

“The government knows the modeling done by wind companies is wrong. However, the government now doesn’t require them to follow the proper process. It’s not surprising people from across Ontario are joining together to vigorously oppose this,” said Eric Gillespie, legal counsel for the court applicant.

“We do not take this step lightly,” commented Bonnie Rowe, spokesperson for Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines, applicant in this suit. “But we estimate that these five proposed wind power projects will be out of compliance with noise levels as soon as they go on-line. In the Dutton Dunwich case, the majority of the proposed turbines, will likely produce noise over the MOECC maximum allowable levels. That is just unacceptable, especially to the many citizens living nearby, who will be forced to endure that noise. We appreciate the collaborative efforts in this application, of citizens in the other affected communities in Ontario – North Stormont, La Nation, and Wallaceburg.”

SOURCE Eric K. Gillespie Professional Corporation

For further information: Eric Gillespie, legal counsel, 416-436-7473 (phone/text); Bonnie Rowe, Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines, 519-639-5415 (phone/text); Margaret Benke, Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, 613-558-9236 (phone/text); Julie Leroux, Save the Nation, 613-307-1499 (phone/text); Violet Towell, Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns, 519-350-1829 (phone/text)

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Notinduttondunwich
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Good for those folks…. finally someone has grabbed the bully!!!!!

Stan Thayer
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Massachusetts, Harvard University.
Dalton McGuinty works there and is a consultant to the Ontario Liberal Ministry of Sex Education.
Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne signed multi-billion dollar contracts with windmill companies to supply extra electrical power.
The Wynne Liberal government now pays Quebec to deal with that extra power.
Quebec sells it to Massachusetts for Harvard University.
Cool eh!
Windmills are simply a numbers racket. Those on the skim must compare it to winning the lottery every month.
The Wynne Liberals have no right to complain about the hard working respectful organized crime groups operating in Ontario.
At times they seem to be the same!
This lawsuit is to benefit every Ontario taxpayer.
Well done and thank-you.
Stan Thayer

Wind Concerns Ontario
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This comment, while appreciated, is not accurate: Mr McGuinty completed a fellowship at Harvard but that is done. He is now a Fellow with the University of Toronto. He is not a “consultant” to the Ontario government but a registered lobbyist working with an education technology company. There is no “Ministry of Sex Education.”
As for surplus power, Ontario tends to sell excess (a significant portion of which is from wind) to Michigan and New York. An important question is, why is Ontario processing almost 300 megawatts of new wind power when the province has a surplus of power and certainly does not need more intermittent power produced out of phase with demand.

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