Port Elgin

Port Elgin

CAW's industrial wind turbine is harming the health of a large residential neighbourhood.

PE-profileThe CAW wind turbine is harming health in this lakeside community.

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Located on the shore of Lake Huron, Port Elgin is a tourist community known for its waterfront recreation, natural surroundings, and world-class sunsets. People live and retire in Port Elgin to enjoy peaceful relaxation.

Home to MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin hosts the annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival. The area is a recognized spring and fall migration route for waterfowl and shorebirds.

Despite massive community protest, the CAW built an industrial wind turbine at its Conference Centre in a residential neighbourhood to support its lucrative wind energy contract with the provincial government.

To accommodate the turbine's increased noise levels, the CAW had the government re-classify the community from 'Cottage/Resort' to 'Semi-Urban'.

Though provincial legislation requires turbines of this power capacity to be located a minimum of 550m from homes, the CAW turbine is half this distance. Some residences are as close as 210m.

Over a hundred families, CAW Conference Centre employees and annual visitors, plus the onsite Daycare children are all located inside the 550m health and safety risk zone.