CASA asking Albertans about emissions from power plants



    EDMONTON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) is
reviewing a framework to manage emissions from electricity generation and is
seeking public input.
    CASA is inviting interested Albertans to provide feedback either by
filling out a survey, attending a public meeting or providing a written
submission. Public meetings will be held in Hanna on January 27 and in
Keephills on January 29. Albertans can also complete the online discussion
guide and survey available at www.electricair.ca or contact CASA to request a
copy of the guide or to provide a written submission. The deadline for input
is February 28, 2009.
    The framework under review was developed by CASA in 2003. The Government
of Alberta and industry have implemented many of its recommendations,
including a review every five years.
    "We are pleased the Government of Alberta has asked CASA to carry out the
first five-year review and we are committed to ensuring Albertans have the
opportunity to provide feedback on this important topic," said Kerra Chomlak,
executive director of CASA.
    CASA is an Alberta-based, multi-stakeholder organization that brings
together representatives from industry, government and non-governmental
organizations to recommend strategies to manage air quality issues in Alberta.
    "The Government of Alberta is committed to keeping our air clean and our
standards leading edge. In light of new technologies and new science, this
review will allow Albertans to provide direct feedback, which will aid in our
continuing efforts to ensure Alberta's air quality remains protected," says
Rob Renner, Minister of Environment.
    "The CASA process is helping us to improve how we manage air quality in
Alberta and reviewing the electricity framework will help to keep it current
and foster continuous improvement of environmental performance in the
electricity sector," said Jim Hackett of ATCO Power, industry co-chair on the
CASA project team overseeing the review.
    Tom Marr-Laing of the Pembina Institute and non-governmental organization
co-chair stated: "CASA wants to hear from Albertans about any concerns or
suggestions they may have about air quality as a result of electricity
generation in Alberta. It's a good opportunity for Albertans to have a say in
how these emissions are managed."
    Recommendations from the review will be presented to the CASA Board in
mid-2009.


    
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    Consultation website: www.electricair.ca
    

    About the Review

    The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) is reviewing the 2003 Emissions
Management Framework for the Alberta Electricity Sector. The focus of the
framework is on reducing emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides,
mercury and particulate matter. The review will help to keep the framework
timely and relevant.

    About the Consultation

    Alberta's electricity sector has seen many significant changes in the
last ten years, including deregulation and a growing demand for power due to
rapid industrial development and population growth. The intent of the public
consultation is to update Albertans on the framework's implementation and to
provide an opportunity for interested Albertans to offer feedback that will
inform CASA's review of the framework.

    
    Albertans can participate in the review in a number of ways.

    1.  Public Meetings:
        Hanna
        Location:   Hanna Community Centre
                    503 - 4th Street West, Hanna, AB
        Date:       January 27, 2009
        Time:       7 - 9:30 p.m.

        Keephills
        Location:   Keephills Community Hall
                    15A - 51515 Range Road 32A
                    Duffield, AB
        Date:       January 29, 2009
        Time:       7 - 9:30 p.m.

    2.  Read the discussion guide and complete the online survey at
        www.electricair.ca.

    3.  Call or email CASA at 780-427-9793 or casa@casahome.org for more
        information or to request a copy of the discussion guide and survey.
        Mail or fax your completed survey to: Clean Air Strategic Alliance,
        10th Floor, 10035-108 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3E1;
        fax: 780-422-3127.

    4.  Send CASA a written submission of not more than two pages.
    





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For further information: Media enquiries may be directed to: Sharon
Hawrelak, APR, Communications Manager, Clean Air Strategic Alliance, Direct
phone: (780) 644-5203, Mobile phone: (780) 720-4668, Email:
communications@casahome.org

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