Huron County Health Unit Wind Turbine Study Noise Vibration and Lights Information Meeting October 26, 2017

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This report prepared by BSRA Director Alex Macdougall, is a follow up regarding the study that was initiated in 2016. 

The meeting was held at the HCHU facilities at 77722B London Road RR5 in Clinton.

Presenting were:

Dr. Erica Clark, PhD, Epidemiologist

Dr. Maarten Bokhout, MD, Acting Medical Officer, HCHU

Mr. Jean Guy Albert, Health Manager, HCHU

The purpose of the meeting was to outline the parameters of the study and to provide some details about how Huron County residents living within 10Km of a wind turbine may participate in the study. Forms relating to participating were available at the meeting.

It was emphasized that the study is a research study. The goal is to learn how many people are bothered by wind turbines in Huron County and to learn if there are environmental conditions that make the noise, vibration, light and sensations worse here.

It was further emphasized that it is important for the study to include as many participants as possible, including subjects who are not bothered by wind turbines. Part time (seasonal) residents are also encouraged to participate.

Documentation for the study is being made widely available. All Huron County Libraries will have form packages available; The HCHU web site will have all forms and other information about the study available on line.

It was pointed out that the success of the study will depend on an adequate number of community participants being willing to maintain diaries of their perceptions over a period of time. It was also pointed out that there is a risk that participants in the study may be disappointed in the end result. Further, even if the results of the study show that turbines are related to negative health effects, the HCHU will not write an order to curtail or shut down wind turbines. The Provincial assigned that authority to the Ministry of the Environment and not to public health units.

The HCHU encourages all those Huron County residents who live within the specified 10Km of a wind turbine to obtain and submit a consent form. Each resident (permanent or seasonal) who does so will be assigned an ID number. Once you have an ID number you may start participating in the study. The first step will be filling out a form either on line or on paper. This step will take about 5 minutes.

You may then choose to complete an observation diary. Your observations may be made as often or as little as you wish. Submitting your observations of the effects of wind turbines on you as well as lack of effects, whichever is the case at the time of your observations. There is no limit to the number of observations you may report.

It was emphasized that registering via the consent form and obtaining an ID number should ideally be the minimum action taken by every resident, (both permanent and seasonal), who live within the stipulated 10Km distance of a wind turbine.

The HCHU web site http://www.huronhealthunit.ca has considerable information relating to the study, including a map showing the areas of eligibility.

Municipal Grant Programs

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IN ADDITION TO THE ROAD GRANT PROGRAM, Bluewater does have a Municipal Grant Program that provides limited funding for projects that enhance and enrich the community. Funding decisions are based on local needs and priorities, in connection with the annual budget, strategic goals and objectives. Grant funds are intended to support project-based initiatives in the areas of Community Services, Arts, Culture, Tourism, Economic Development, Social Services and Environment. Applicants interested in submitting a request for the 2018 calendar year are requested to complete the application and submit it to Ansberth Willert, Manager of Finance, by November 1, 2017.

http://www.municipalityofbluewater.ca/Public/Grant-Programs

Information on Wind Turbine Study

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Huron County residents are invited to an information session about a wind turbine study hosted by the Huron County Health Unit. The session is about the upcoming study regarding reported human health concerns associated with living near industrial wind turbines. There will be information on the upcoming study and time for residents’ questions. Registration for the study will not start for several weeks.

Meeting information:

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017  Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Auditorium at the Health & Library Complex, 77722B London Road RR#5, Clinton, ON

Seating is limited, if you plan to attend. Call 519-482-3416 and dial 0 to speak to the receptionist about attending.

Fall Tree Orders

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Need some trees to fill a space or create a wind break? Consider buying from Bluewater Communities in Bloom and support a positive community-wide effort at the same time. THE DATE TO ORDER IS EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28th.

Residents have planted over 300 trees through the CIB Annual Fall Tree Sale program. Trees are purchased from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Buyers will pick up their orders at 3 p.m. on Friday October 13, 2017 at the Zurich Community Centre parking lot. For tree species, pricing and ordering, please visit our webpage at http://www.municipalityofbluewater.ca/Public/Committees