Should there be stricter limits on wind turbines in rural areas?
Wind turbines are shown at the opening of a 44-turbine wind farm near Port Alma, Ontario. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment has downplayed hundreds of health complaints over wind turbines, according to internal ministry documents obtained by CBC News.
The wind turbines, in the Amaranth area northwest of Toronto, were the subject of more than 200 complaints dating back to 2006.
For one local couple, the turbines' loud swooshing noise and persistent vibrations kept them awake for nights on end.
Although the couple were initially told theirs was the only complaint in the area, internal documents now suggest the government was aware of and working to control the turbines' noise pollution.
Ryerson University professor and acoustics specialists Ramani Ramakrishnan has already recommended to the MOE that wind turbines in rural areas should have far stricter limits, but added that if the province enforced the regulations, it would have a major impact on wind farms in the province.
Would you live near a wind farm? Why or why not? Should there be stricter limits on wind turbines in rural areas? Share your comments below.
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