I am a retired Special Education teacher with 32 years in the classrooms of your province. I thoroughly believe in the group, Mothers Against Wind Turbines. Their mandate of "Protecting our children from industrial wind power emissions is our first priority" should be followed not only by this admirable group, but also by the politicians of our province.
During my years in the classroom, the special needs children experiencing ADHD, CAP, Autism, Asbergers...to name but a few conditions....could best learn in an environment that was quiet, peaceful, supportive and calm. Extraneous noises...a lawn mower, a car revving, a noise from the hall would always set the learning environment into total disarray. Now you are expecting these children to live and learn in the shadow of these monolith turbines where low frequency sound, acoustical noise, mechanical noise, infrasound, electromagnetic radiation, dirty electricity, transient voltage, light flicker and vibration are at war with each other. The results will be that our special needs children will suffer physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The interference with their learning environment will result in disastrous consequences.....all for the sake of big business, big electricity, big egos that our province does not need. May I remind you that you are harming the very children which you have identified, supported and programmed for in the past at great cost to our province through the Ministry of Education???
In West Lincoln the project 012-0613 has proposed wind turbines close to educational facilities in our area. Four IWTs are less than 2 kilometers from Gainsborough Elementary School in Bismarck. Two IWTs are less than 2 kilometers from Smithville District Christian High School and Covenant Christian Elementary School. Two IWTs are less than 2 kilometers from the Robert Land Academy and Attercliffe Christian Reformed School. Other schools are less than 3 kilometers from these IWTs. In total there are eighteen IWTs within 3 kilometers of nine different schools.
Can you in all good conscience expose all the students in nine educational facilities to these Industrial Wind Turbines???
I am also very concerned with my findings which count 43 non host receptors within 620 meters of a proposed IWT. The closest home is recorded at 563 meters (Receptor 1002 , Turbine 38) . According to Enercon statistics all these non host receptors will have noise levels exceeding 40dBA. Think of the children living in these homes......being exposed to sleep disturbances, headaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, visual blurring, rapid heart rate, irritability, problems with concentration and memory, and panic episodes associated with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep.
In reviewing the location of host properties, I see that many of these receptors are not only less than the recommended 620 meter distance but are in actual fact much closer to the planned Industrial Wind Turbine than is deemed safe. For example host receptor #986 is 585 meters from T 38, host #1191 is 542 meters from T 75, host #1235 is 466 meters from T 75, host #1562 is 389 meters from T 36, host #1666 is 280 meters from T 65, host #191 is 357 meters from T 88, host # 2590 is 312 meters from T 35, host #595 is 322 meters from T 94...... and there are many more.........
As I understand 3MW turbines have never been installed at these distances and this fact has been acknowledged by the MOE. Is the MOE condoning this project and if so, what is that decision based upon??? Is the MOE aware that children may be at risk???
Who lives in these host properties??? Are there seniors in residence??? Are there children in residence??? If there are innocent children in these homes does it appear that the host is willing to pimp his children for money from the wind company??? These children have no recourse. They cannot protect themselves. Their parents have let them down....just like the case of any other child in our system who is abused physically. Who rises to remove the children from this abusive situation???
Now is the time for our provincial government agencies to come to the aid of all our children in West Lincoln and surrounding areas included in project 012-0613. Protect them. It is your absolute responsibility to do so.
I look forward to your answers and solutions.....
Thank you, Susan Smith.