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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Turbine Woes in Saugeen Shores

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

MOE has heard 139 complaints about the CAW turbine in Port Elgin.

Complaints over a single wind turbine in Port Elgin continue to pile up.

Since December 10th, the Ministry of the Environment has received 139 complaints related to the industrial turbine at the Unifor Family Education Centre, formerly the CAW Centre.

The information was brought forward at this week's Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole meeting as an update to a meeting held August 26th, when there were a series of deputations made by residents who live near the turbine.

Mayor Mike Smith tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they've met twice with Unifor officials to talk about the turbine and the health effects it's creating and some progress has been made in addressing the concerns.

Smith urges everyone who feels they're affected by the turbine to file a complaint so the issue is documented.

He says some people are suffering serious effects from the turbine.

According Smith, in their talks with Unifor, a new computer program has been put in place to control the instance of shadow flicker on nearby homes.

Although he concedes by no means have all the concerns been addressed.

The mayor tells us residents in the area have a right to live a normal life, without dealing with the health effects of an operating industrial turbine.   

With respect to structure's noise, assessments continue to be made but the MOE says to date, noise monitoring shows noise has not exceeded the applicable sound level limits for stationary sources in Class 2 urban areas.


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