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Monday, January 30, 2012

CAW Will Not Sign Deal

Port Elgin | by Daryl Morris  

President says they will not sign legal contract over illness of residents near turbine.

The national President of the Canadian Auto Workers Union says he will not sign any legal agreements in regards to the wind turbine at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.

Ken Lewenza tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that he is not aware of any agreement with the local group STOP -- Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy.

STOP spokesperson recently told us they have a written agreement that the CAW will take action if people start getting sick as a result of the turbine.

But Lewenza says the CAW would not be prepared to sign a contract, other than committing to environmental obligations legislated by law.

He says they have met all of the provincial requirements, and will continue to do so.

Lewenza adds all of their data and research show no health risks are posed, and if he thought it was going to create an unhealthy environment, he wouldn't have gone ahead with the project.

However, Lewenza says he wants to keep the lines of communication open with Saugeen Shores council and residents.

That's why he is joining a committee with Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau, because he says they want to keep the interest of the residents in mind.

Lewenza says he has told Charbonneau they will respond to legitimate concerns.

As for reports that companies like Barry's Construction and Mariposa Homes are losing residential sales in the immediate area of the turbine, Lewenza says he's confident things will be different once the turbine is operational.

He says people can't run away from the fact that alternative forms of energy are being sought.

Lewenza says the blades are being installed on the turbine, and although he's not 100 per cent sure on a deadline, he expects it to be operation by the end of February.


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