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Lake Superior Coal Plants May Increase Emissions

From the Ontario Clean Air Alliance

According to a July 13, 2002 report in the Globe and Mail, Ontario Power Generation’s Thunder Bay and Atikokan coal-fired power plants will be sold next week.

As a result of Ontario’s new emissions trading system, if the Thunder Bay and Atikokan Generating Stations are sold, the new private sector owners will be able to increase the plants’ coal-fired electricity generation and toxic emissions by 35% and 51% respectively.

The Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Alternative Fuel Sources has recommended that the “Ontario government shall mandate the closure of the Ontario Power Generation Atikokan and Thunder Bay coal-fired generating stations no later than July 1, 2005.”

As a result of requests by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, the sale of the Lakeview coal-fired power plant on the Toronto waterfront has been made conditional on its conversion to cleaner-burning natural gas.  Northwestern Ontario deserves – and needs – equal treatment.

Please immediately contact Premier Eves at 416-325-1941 or and ask him to make the sales of these dirty power plants conditional on their conversion to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Raví Mark Singh Communications & Membership Co-ordinator Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Ph: (416)926-1907 ext. 245

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of health, environmental and consumer organizations, faith communities, unions, utilities, municipalities and individuals working for cleaner air through strict emission limits and a phase-out of coal in the electricity sector.  Our partner organizations represent more than six million Ontarians.

For more on how you can contribute to clearing Ontario's air through your electricity purchases, please see our consumer-advice website:

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