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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UNIFOR Turbine De-rated

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

The 800-kilowatt turbine has been de-rated to 300-kilowatts to address potential non-compliance.

A Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) spokesperson has addressed Saugeen Shores council on the contentious UNIFOR turbine issue in south Port Elgin.

MOECC's Rick Chappell says the UNIFOR turbine may be out of compliance so they've required UNIFOR to develop a noise abatement action plan which they have done and submitted to the ministry.

Chappell says the 800-kilowatt turbine has been de-rated to 300-kilowatts to address the potential non-compliance.

From here, the ministry expects to receive an independent audit report on the turbine by June to determine future steps.

Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) spokesperson Greg Schmalz, who was on hand for the presentation, was not impressed.

Schmalz says, "Town officials asking all those same hard questions and getting the same half answers."

He says his group will look to the courts for help and get a judge's opinion on the issue.

They hope to do that before June 7th--the day of the provincial election.

He says the turbine that stands at UNIFOR cannot be built today as it would be illegal.

Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau says he has received no assurance that anything will be any different after the next report.

Charbonneau says there has been five years of complaints about the turbine being too loud and now they have audit evidence that it was too loud, but until now the MOECC did nothing.

He says it doesn't instill confidence that any future complaints that may come in will be acted upon by the ministry.

He calls the presentation very disappointing.

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