Two families call on TransAlta to do the right thing
TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - TransAlta is making some Ontario families sick
with continuous noise and electrical pollution being produced by one of
their electrical transformer substations located irresponsibly close to
The Whitworth and Kidd families, living on the 10th Line in Amaranth Township near Orangeville, Ontario are asking
TransAlta to do what is right.
"Before the substation was built next to our homes, we were all
healthy," said Theresa Kidd, "but as soon as it went online, we became
very sick. We can no longer continue to live under these conditions and
we want TransAlta to relocate our families and livestock to a safe
environment and compensation."
When a single transformer went live at the substation in 2006, the two
families began experiencing health problems, such as extreme insomnia,
ringing in the ears and internal vibrations. Once the second
transformer went live in December 2008, their lives became a living
nightmare. The families where suddenly struck with additional health
issues, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anxiety, extreme
internal vibrations, and severe headaches.
Originally built by Canadian Hydro Developers in 2006, the substation
was purchased by TransAlta in 2009. It was during that year that the
Ministry of Environment established regulations stating that
transformer substations had to be at least 500 metres from a dwelling
if the substation had an acoustical barrier. The substation is 390
metres from the Kidd's home and 490 metres from the Whitworth's. By
living so close to the substation, both families have been constantly
disturbed by the noise and made extremely ill by the electrical
pollution coursing through their properties, homes and bodies.
"We are reasonable people, but our situation is no longer liveable,"
said Ted Whitworth. "Our families are sick, our farming business has
been negatively affected and I fear that I or someone in my family
might develop a serious illness like cancer, at any time. We feel like
we are living in a microwave. TransAlta must do something to help us."
Due to sickness, Ted was forced to retire five years earlier than
anticipated, causing his family financial difficulties.
Both families say that they cannot continue to live under such dangerous
and unhealthy conditions. To date, TransAlta has refused to deal with
the situation. Both families have spoken out today, because they can
no longer continue to live on their properties with a substation in
such close proximity. They are asking TransAlta do the right thing and
relocate and compensate them, so they can get on with their lives.
SOURCE Daisy Consulting Group
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