January 10, 2010
Dirty coal-fired electricity exports are costing us the air we breathe
Ontario’s dirty coal-fired electricity generation rose by 29% last year according to the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Ontario has more than sufficient coal-free generation capacity to shut down its dirty coal plants today, yet Ontario Power Generation (OPG) continues to operate its giant Nanticoke coal plant to export power to the United States.
Exporting dirty coal power may be good for OPG’s bottom line, but it is not good for our health or our climate. According to Ontario Government calculations, OPG’s coal-fired electricity generation caused up to 158,000 asthma attacks last year. It also released harmful particulate matter, lead and mercury into our environment while pumping out thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Please send a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty and ask him to tell OPG to stop exporting dirty coal-fired electricity to the U.S.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402 – 625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
P.S. Please ask your friends to tell Premier McGuinty that our children’s health should not be sacrificed to increase OPG’s profits by forwarding them this message.