FIVE KEY AREAS OF CONCERN

APPEC: PROTECTING RURAL ONTARIO FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

1. HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Reassessment of government minimum noise guidelines : (rural acoustic environment level) Class 3
  • No less than 2km of distance between industrial wind power plants, industrial wind turbines and transformer stations  and  residences, hospitals, schools and communities in general.
  • Comprehensive, independent study of health complaints such as vibro-acoustic disease, light flicker, stray voltage, ice throw, noise radiation.
  • Comprehensive study of “Wind Turbine Syndrome”

2. INFORMATION & EXPLANATION

  • Inform public that wind will not replace standard forms of electricity generation but needs backup power  from those standard forms
  • Inform about wind power limitations, inefficiency, intermittency and cost
  • Promote lower-impact alternatives ie. solar, geothermal, biomass, conservation
  • No exemption from Environmental Assessment Act for wind power plants above 2 MW installed capacity Bill 51
  • Demand transparency in developer-municipal government relations (Citizens oversight group)
  • Promote energy efficiency tax incentives for residential, commercial and institutional building owners  

 

3. HERITAGE & CULTURE

  • Protect and preserve rural towns and villages, prime agricultural land, sensitive wetlands, designated wildlife areas,pristine shorelines and migratory bird paths from industrialized elements 400-500ft turbines,  transformers, transmission towers, and wires and substations
  • Protect and preserve historic building and cultural heritage landscapes from ravages of construction phase.
  • Protect cherished views for residents, visitors and future generations
  • Protect lands from potential destruction of undiscovered artifacts by turbine installation process 

4. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Exclude migratory bird paths areas from wind power plant development
  • Exclude wildlife habitats from wind power plant development infrastructure
  • Ban disruption of  endangered wetlands through installation of wind project infrastructure
  • Protect non-industrialized shoreline from industrial wind power plants

5. SOCIO-ECONOMIC

  • Protect property values of residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural real estate

 

 

 

 

 

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