June 8, 2006
Monday, June 12th will mark the dramatic beginning of a new era in Ontario. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the four giant smokestacks of what was once the GTA’s largest industrial air polluter will come toppling down.
At the time it was built in the 1960s, the Lakeview Generating Station was the world’s largest coal-fired power plant. It was also an enormous polluter, with emissions equivalent to those from half-a-million cars.
Its closure was first ordered by the Environment Minister at the time, Elizabeth Witmer, in 2001. The McGuinty government followed through on their predecessor’s commitment and shut the plant down permanently in 2005 as part of its world-leading plan to phase-out the use of dirty coal for electricity generation.
Power obtained from the 10 green power projects announced by the province in 2004 and from the expansion of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station at Niagara Falls will be sufficient to replace all of the power produced by Lakeview – a great example of the new clean and green energy era Ontario is on the cusp of entering.
Today, we don’t have to look to giant coal-fired power plants for our energy because far better solutions are already in our homes, offices and factories where greater efficiency, conservation and cleaner energy technologies can all combine to keep our province humming – and breathing easier.
For more details on the event and viewing it from a secure area, please take a look at the Ontario Power Generation’s media advisory at http://www.opg.com/info/news/NewsJune7_06.pdf.
Want to help end the coal era in Ontario? Enter our Go Clean and Green website contest for your chance to win some great prizes and to demonstrate what we can all achieve by working together. We’ll all win with cleaner air – go to www.gocleanandgreen.org to enter now.
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Communications & Membership Manager
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245