July 17, 2006

 Coal-free in … ?

July 17, 2006  –   It’s Ontario smog day #20 for summer 2006 and still no sign of a firm deadline from Premier McGuinty for the long-promised coal phase-out.  As the Premier continues to put off the closure of the coal-fired power plants he once said would be out of our breathing space by 2009, the gigantic Nanticoke coal plant is spewing sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, carcinogens and millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

And while the Premier has asked the Ontario Power Authority whether anything can be done about the emissions from Nanticoke – Canada’s No. 1 air polluter – and the other three remaining coal plants, the Premier, in fact, already knows the answer – very little.  The Premier himself has noted that so-called “clean coal” is really just a patchwork of end-of-pipe solutions that can’t reduce emissions to levels of new high-efficiency natural gas-fired plants and that do absolutely nothing to control greenhouse gas emissions. 

So take a few shallow breaths (you don’t want to inhale too many of those coal plant toxins and smog particles) and please ask Premier McGuinty, once again, when can we expect to breathe a little easier with a firm phase-out deadline (2009 at the latest would be nice)?  You can send the Premier a message through his feedback website at www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp or call him at 416-325-1941.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you

Jessica Fracassi
Communications & Membership Manager
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: info@cleanair.web.ca
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org