As reported previously, Sen. Cliff Hite has introduced Senate Bill 188 to reduce setbacks for industrial wind turbines. The legislation has now been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Senator Balderson. It is anticipated that hearings on the bill will begin soon. The bill is attached.
Hite is promoting his bill as a “compromise” that meets the needs of property owners as well as developers. He bases this on extending the property line setback from 1.1 times turbine height to 1.2 times turbine height. Notwithstanding, “The idea that the bill is a compromise is wrong, according to House Majority Leader Bill Seitz, who opposes the bill. “ “If it comes at the expense of the quiet enjoyment of adjacent property owners, then I disagree with him,” he said. Turbines can hurt a person’s ability to enjoy their yard, he said. “Shadow flicker, ice throw, snow throw, failure, fire, toppling over, blades flying off,” he gave as examples of how turbines can negatively impact homeowners.”
“Seitz is open to compromise, he said. His suggestions would be to let local voters decide setback distances or to allow for shorter setback requirements when the adjacent property is neither a home, livestock farm or business. “It is important to protect the neighboring properties that will have to absorb these impacts,” he said. Hite anticipates the bill will pass in the state Senate but will face opposition in the House. He’s hopeful it could pass by the end of the year.”
Hite says he is prepared for a fight but he hit a new all-time low on Wednesday when he held a press conference at the Statehouse with “health professionals” touting the health benefits of reduced setbacks. “The Ohio Environmental Council hosted the event, which featured comments from Aparna Bole, pediatrician and medical director of community integration for University Hospitals; Dan Sullivan, medical director of the Solon Family Health Center; and Lauren Kleinman Koch, project manager for Healthcare Without Harm. (Note to self: What about Wind Without Harm?)
What no one will read in press reports are that Aparna Bole is the Chairman of the Board of left-wing group called Practice Green Health. She is a community organizer in addition to being a pediatrician. At the press conference “Bole said there is a consensus among the scientific and health professional community that addressing climate change is critical to improving the overall health of the world’s population. I’m so thankful for Sen. Hite’s introduction of a bill that makes it easier for wind development in Ohio,” Bole said. “This action will in turn make it easier for kids to play outside and to stay in school instead of sitting sick at home.” (Note to self again: What about the kids who will be sick IN their homes?)
The Vision statement for GreenHealth is: “Health care mobilizes its ethical, economic and political influence to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world.” And the Mission statement is: “Transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.” For more go to https://practicegreenhealth.org/
Comrade Hite and Aparna Bole were joined at the presser by Lauren Kleinman Koch who is a staff member at GreenHealth. We wonder if these shills even know that the World Health Organization has standards for noise? Are they acquainted with the considerable research done by the Cochlear Fluids Lab at Washington University? It’s is cinch they don’t care about the Hippocratic Oath that compels medical professionals to “First Do No Harm”. Hite certainly does not bring any honor to the Republican Party and he makes Trump’s “swamp” look like a mud puddle.
Elsewhere we include a new illustration as well as an article on the increasing heights of wind turbines; G.M.’s announcement that they will buy the power from a proposed wind project in Van Wert/Paulding Counties; an announcement about a new Ad Hoc Energy Panel to look at a variety of energy issues which might include setbacks, and a timeline of Henry County Indiana anti-wind measures.