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Windsor West Member of Provincial Parliament Takes “Windsor Hum” Complaints to Queens Park

Thursday April 5th, 2012, 10:15am


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Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West delivered a statement to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Wednesday afternoon where she urged federal and state agencies to intervene and act to resolve the “hum” concerns voiced by the thousands of Windsor and Essex County residents.

Her statement to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario reads as follows:

Speaker – for over a year, thousands of Windsor residents have been experiencing a “hum” – a low level “vibration” that at times is powerful enough to rattle windows and move objects in the home. The Hum is having a significant impact on the quality of life of my constituents. Last month, over 20,000 people took part in a telephone town hall on this issue.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Canada conducted a study from June 15 to August 25, 2011 that confirmed the vibration was an acoustic noise originating in or near Zug Island in the City of Rouge River, Michigan. Since this finding, officials of all levels of government have called on the City of Rouge River to intervene to resolve the concern. No action has been forthcoming. My office continues to get calls, and a Facebook page has been established.

This past Thursday, Minister Bradley sent official correspondence to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the United States Environment Protection Agency encouraging them to intervene.

Speaker – I stand today in this House to call to action our American and Michigan counterparts to resolve this issue. This issue has made international headlines, required countless public fora – and resulted in thousands of complaints being filed – and yet no action has been taken by the City of Rouge River.

The long and prosperous relationship between Ontario and Michigan surely warrants action and intervention by our neighbours during this time of need. I urge both federal and state agencies to engage in the issue and take action to resolve the thousand of concerns.

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