I’m not so sure it was poor advise – more like a collaboration between govt. and business interests that have allowed this to happen.
I say this because any and all attempts to inform the govt. of Ont. about the realities of the siting of wind turbines has been dismissed as Nimby-ism.
Many families have been negatively affected by the standards in Ont.
Every wind farm in Southern Ont. has caused problems for people forced to live near the turbines.
If the govt. wasn’t in bed with industry you would expect some action by the govt. of behalf of those affected.
To date we have been met with wholesale denial of any problems, even though people suffer from health problems that did not exist before the arrival of the turbines. People don’t move out of their homes without reason.
How pervasive is the denial process?
I called Mr. Chris Munn, director of Grey-Bruce health services, in Owen Sound Ont. I told Mr. Munn there was a cluster of families living in a wind farm, in his area, that were suffering medical problems.
I asked Mr. Munn to send a medical team to visit and document the health issues of these people. At the very least I asked that he send someone with a note pad and tape recorder to document the situation.
Mr. Munn then launched into what sounded like a commercial for the wind industry.
He told me that the problems the people said they were having were all in their minds. ( something you want to hear from the director of medical services)
When I questioned him about what he just said, he told be that he had been talking to Glen Estill, owner of Sky Power, and Glen told him that the turbines cause no problems – some people don’t like wind turbines.
Well Mr. Munn, I told you I would print what you said and I hope you read this. Maybe when you read what you said, it will make you pause to take a good look in the mirror.
I respectfully ask you, once again, to send someone down to the wind farm to assess the problems these people are suffering.
Barring that, you may want to consider resigning your post and consider taking a job with the wind industry.
The reason why the United Kingdom has an inadequate health and safety standard for wind farms, which has resulted in people being made ill and even forced to abandon their homes because of noise, is now clear.
Staff from power firms have been working in Government departments, advising them on matters such as appropriate noise levels and the departments have accepted their advice (The Journal, August 28).
The result is ETSU-R-97, a document planners and the industry are obligated to follow. It allows residents of houses to be constantly subjected to in excess of 40db of noise (my door bell emits 80db) and has resulted in wind turbines being sited too close to houses.
Two questions come to mind. What gives politicians the right to inflict noise pollution on citizens of this country? And why are politicians and engineers deemed to be the correct persons to determine safe noise levels?
The French National Academy of Medicine has called for a halt to large scale wind developments within 1500m of houses, because the sounds emitted by the blades constitute a permanent risk for persons exposed to them.
However, reports of people being distressed by noise with separation distances greater than 1500m have been confirmed by research carried out by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the US National Wind Co-ordinating Committee.
More from National Wind Watch