Lawmakers at Queen’s Park are being asked to consider new regulations regarding noise testing for wind turbines, according to BlackburnNews.com.
A delegation of residents from several southwestern Ontario communities is to make the trip to Toronto today to watch as several MPPs deliver a petition to the legislature calling for an end to “transitional” noise requirements for new wind power projects.
The petition will be presented by three PC MPPs, Monte McNaughton of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Jeff Yurek of Elgin-Middlesex-London and Jim McDonnell of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. McDonnell is also presenting on behalf of residents in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.
The purpose of the petition drive is to ask the Liberal majority government to rescind the transitional process between old and new noise requirements for turbine projects, says to Bonnie Rowe, a spokesperson with Dutton-Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT).
Companies that build wind power generators previously had to adhere to requirements that the noise generated from the turbines not exceed 40 decibels. The issue arises from companies being able to opt out of those requirements in the transitional guidelines Rowe told BlackburnNews.com.
“We really didn’t know what transitional provisions were, but we got to looking and discovered that the Ministry of the Environment (and Climate Change) had created these new guidelines on how these companies should do their noise modelling,” said Rowe.
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