Court Upholds Current Regulations For Wind Turbine Setbacks In Ontario

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The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is praising the Ontario Divisional Court's decision to uphold the current regulations for wind turbine setbacks.

An application by Ontario resident Ian Hanna suggested, among other things, that the government did not adhere to its own statement of environmental values (SEV) in developing a setback of 550 meters for the siting of wind turbines.

The court ruled that setback distances were established through an extensive public consultation process that considered the views of a wide range of stakeholders and also ruled that the minister did consider the SEV.

‘We have stated from the outset that this application had no merit and should not have been brought before the court,’ says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. ‘Ontario's setback regulations are among the most stringent in the world and are designed to protect the health and safety of the public. CanWEA member companies ensure they are in compliance with all regulatory requirements.’

The balance of expert scientific and medical information to date clearly indicates there is no direct link between wind turbines and effects on human health, according to Hornung. This is backed, he points out, by the province's chief medical officer of health, the National Public Health Institute in Quebec, and a growing body of peer-reviewed scientific and medical information.

SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association

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