LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS
1.5 The committee recommends the Commonwealth
Government create an Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Industrial
Sound responsible for providing research and advice to the Minister for the
Environment on the impact on human health of audible noise (including low
frequency) and infrasound from wind turbines. The IESC should be established
under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
1.6 The committee recommends that the National
Environment Protection Council establish a National Environment Protection
(Wind Turbine Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise) Measure (NEPM). This NEPM
must be developed through the findings of the Independent Expert Scientific
Committee on Industrial Sound. The Commonwealth Government should insist
that the ongoing accreditation of wind turbine facilities under the Renewable
Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 in a State or Territory is dependent on the
NEPM becoming valid law in that State or Territory.
1.7 The committee recommends that the
Commonwealth Government introduce National Wind Farm Guidelines which
each Australian State and Territory Government should reflect in their relevant
planning and environmental statutes. The committee proposes these guidelines be
finalized within 12 months and that the Commonwealth Government periodically
assess the Guidelines with a view to codifying at least some of them.
1.8 The committee recommends that eligibility
to receive Renewable Energy Certificates should be made subject to general
compliance with the National Wind Farm Guidelines and specific
compliance with the NEPM. This should apply immediately to new developments,
while existing and approved wind farms should be given a period of no more than
five years in which to comply.
1.9 The committee recommends that the
Commonwealth Government establish a National Wind Farm Ombudsman to handle
complaints from concerned community residents about the operations of wind
turbine facilities accredited to receive renewable energy certificates. The
Ombudsman will be a one-stop-shop to refer complaints to relevant state
authorities and help ensure that complaints are satisfactorily addressed.
1.10 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government impose a levy on wind turbine operators accredited to receive renewable energy certificates to fund the costs of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Industrial Sound—including the funding of additional research—and the costs of a National Wind Farm Ombudsman.
1.11 The committee recommends that the data
collected by wind turbine operators relating to wind speed, basic operation
statistics including operating hours and noise monitoring should be made freely
and publicly available on a regular basis. The proposed Independent Expert
Scientific Committee should consult with scientific researchers and the
wind industry to establish what data can be reasonably made freely and publicly
available from all wind turbine operations accredited to receive renewable
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