Ontario Environment Ministry Sued over
Failure to Protect the Public from Industrial Wind Turbine Noise
January 25, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario
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, as well as the transformer, 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.”
“The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont are in complete support of this legal challenge,” said spokesperson Margaret Benke. “Protection of the health and safety of well over 1200 local residents is our main concern and we feel that the MOECC must be held to account.”
“We fully support this legal action,” said Julie Leroux, spokesperson for Save the Nation. “By allowing the construction of the Eastern Fields project, according to outdated noise regulations, the MOECC would deny protection of health and well being for hundreds of local residents, for the next 20 years. We strongly feel that this is unacceptable.”
For further information please contact:
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)
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