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Ontario tribunal turns down anti-wind appeal

Ontario tribunal turns down anti-wind appeal

Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal has rejected an anti-wind appeal against Pattern Energy's South Kent Wind facility, according to a Huffington Post article by environmental attorney Dianne Saxe.

While wind opponents argued that wind farms are a threat to human health, the tribunal found no proof of the allegation, Saxe said.  Interestingly, one appellant contended that since health symptoms appear to result from annoyance, wind farms should not be allowed in locations where they will annoy someone.  Noted Saxe, "After all, how can mere science deny his feelings? … Fortunately, the Tribunal did not find this science-free argument persuasive … "

(Because wind turbines reduce air pollution from fossil fuels, their effect on human health is actually strongly positive.)

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