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Powassan residents want full moratorium on wind

North Bay Nippissing.com — February 20, 2013

POWASSAN – Wind farm opposition says Health Canada’s wind turbine study is a flop, while turbines continue to be erected.

“The only true way for this study to have any impact whatsoever is for a full moratorium on all industrial wind developments in Ontario until the study is complete and the results are released,” said S.T.O.M.P. (Stop Turbines on Maple Hill Powassan) co-founder Anne Smith. “What we see as a reality is that the Liberals will force through thousands (as many as 6,000 more) of these industrial wind turbines between now and when the health study is completed. They seem not to care what the health and financial costs for Ontario taxpayers will be because they know that they will be out of power before the federal study is published.”

On July 10, 2012, Health Canada announced its intention to conduct research to evaluate the relationship between wind turbine noise and potential affects on human health, which is being carried out in collaboration with Statistics Canada.

Within Almaguin, there are wind projects in the works on Crown land in Laurier Township, just outside of Trout Creek, and on private property on Maple Hill Road in Powassan.

“Many studies have already been done worldwide for decades and the findings are out there for anyone to read,” said Smith. “We believe that another study is only a smokescreen for the various levels of government to hide behind.”

After receiving more than 950 comments during the 60-day public consultation, which began in July 2012, Health Canada has published a revised research design for the study, which now includes an assessment of infrasound — a decision Nipissing MPP and PC Energy Critic Vic Fedeli says is a step in the right direction.

“It is the real cause of problems, so I’m very pleased that Health Canada is including it,” he said, noting the various anti-turbine groups he has spoken with have all indicated low frequency infrasound, which is an indirect effect caused by wind turbines, is affecting their health.

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