March 1, 2018
Your letters: Celebrating the death of Nanticoke’s coal-fired generating station
Twin chimneys demolished at former Nanticoke Generating Station (Feb. 28)
The two tall stacks at the gigantic Nanticoke coal-fired power station came tumbling down Wednesday. Nanticoke was once the largest coal-fired generating station in North America — and Canada’s biggest air polluter.
As a huge source of greenhouse-gas emissions, smog pollutants and toxic heavy metals, Nanticoke’s stacks belched contaminants across Southern Ontario and the Northeastern U.S. for 40 years.
We fought for a decade to get a legally binding commitment to close Nanticoke. Many thought we would never succeed, but, in 2013, the giant plant burned its last chunk of dirty coal.
Ontario, thanks to the vision of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and its allies, was the first jurisdiction in the world to move away from using dirty coal to generate electricity to help our climate and our health. Now many other places are following in Ontario’s footsteps.
Let’s celebrate this huge accomplishment and also to look to the future — a 100-per-cent renewable future.
Angela Bischoff, director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Toronto