Draft document posted for public comment on the Environmental Registry June 25, 2010
As well, within a five kilometre shoreline exclusion zone, where transmission cables canbe located to connect an off-shore facility to the on-shore transmission grid, thegovernment is proposing a one kilometre intake protection zone.In areas outside the shoreline exclusion zone, where off-shore wind facilities can beconsidered, applicants would be required to conduct site-specific studies to assesspotential impacts and implement measures to mitigate any potential impact to waterquality.
1.2 Noise Considerations
The proposed shoreline exclusion zone is also intended to ensure that potential noiselevels from a typical off-shore wind facility are within acceptable levels (40 decibels(dBA) at an on-shore noise receptor), also taking into consideration the combinedcontributions from all wind facilities located in the area, off-shore and on-shore.Site-specific noise assessments may require an off-shore project be located beyond theshoreline exclusion zone of five kilometres.The noise studies for off-shore wind projects would be completed using the noiseguideline for off-shore wind projects, which is currently being developed by the MOE.The purpose of these studies would be to demonstrate conformity with the requirementsand acceptable levels.
Near Shore Activities
Near-shore areas are widely used for a variety of purposes including tourism. Byestablishing a shoreline exclusion zone, the objective is to establish a distance betweennear shore activities and off-shore wind facilities.Should an off-shore wind facility be built and become operational, the shorelineexclusion zone would set a distance between these near shore activities, specifically thebeaches and near shore boat traffic to help ensure public safety and the safety of near-shore users, including but not limited to recreational boaters, sailing and cruises.
1.4 Ecological Considerations
The near-shore area is important to the ecological health of inland waters including theGreat Lakes. These areas are biologically diverse, complex and highly productive,serving important roles in the production of many sport fish species. They often containimportant habitat for fish, animals and birds, as well as being an area subject to activecoastal and littoral processes.3