For Immediate Release
October 3, 2013
NO PERMITS REQUIRED FOR POSSIBLY DANGEROUS CNE TURBINE PROMOTIONAL STAIR CLIMB (TREC)
The city of Toronto needs a turbine like a fish needs a bicycle.
The North American Platform Against Wind Power (NA-PAW) learned yesterday that no permit or licence is required by TREC (Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative) and WindShare, to run their second annual stair climb of the promotional wind turbine at Exhibition Place. Despite international calls for increased setbacks and safety re fires, blade throws, and other failures, and frightening levels of industrial accidents, more than any other energy production system, the CNE turbine climb organizers have been given “permission” by Toronto Hydro, to proceed with a possibly dangerous event. Other wind turbines around the world and the province are heavily posted with warning signs for stray voltage, danger of turbine blade failure, to name a few of the precautions. NA-PAW is attempting to determine if a hazards assessment was done prior to the planning of this event. According to organizers, the facility is in production of electricity, not hydrogen, as designated by signs posted nearby.