Tory government will invest in cleaner air



    NANTICOKE, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader
John Tory today announced that a PC Government will take immediate action to
install clean air technology on Ontario's coal plants.
    "Dalton McGuinty's inaction has resulted in dirty air that contributes to
hundreds of premature deaths in Ontario each year," said Tory. "We need to
clean up our coal plants now while also ensuring a reliable supply of energy."
    Beginning with Nanticoke, clean air technology will be installed on
Ontario's coal-burning plants. This technology can reduce toxic emissions by
up to 90%.
    John Tory believes that a reliable supply of energy for Ontarians must
come first. Unfortunately, Ontario sill relies heavily on coal. Dalton
McGuinty's government has done nothing to clean up the emissions from
coal-burning plants. This inaction has resulted in preventable pollution and
hundreds of preventable deaths annually.
    Tory made his announcement outside Nanticoke Generating Station,
Ontario's largest coal plant, which generates enough electricity to power
nearly 2.5 million homes each year. Nanticoke is the fifth largest air
polluter in Canada, and is Canada's single largest producer of greenhouse
gases.
    "We have an ambitious and realistic plan," said Tory. "It will reduce
smog and give us and our children cleaner air. And it will allow us to move as
quickly as possible to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets."

    
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                                  CLEAN AIR
                                 BACKGROUNDER

    A John Tory PC Government will take immediate action to install clean air
technology on Ontario's coal plants. Liberal inaction has not only contributed
to lost lives, it has wasted precious time in developing the new generation we
need to replace coal-burning plants.

    -   Coal-burning plants are a significant source of power in the
        province, accounting for 20 per cent of all Ontario generation
        capacity. The Ontario Power Authority recently stated that the
        earliest coal can be phased out is 2014, while other analysts wonder
        if even 2014 is achievable. That's why action needs to be taken now
        to clean up the coal plants.

    -   In 2003, Dalton McGuinty said that dirty air contributed to
        1,900 deaths each year and that the annual cost to the healthcare
        system was a billion dollars. Dalton McGuinty promised to close all
        of Ontario's coal plants by 2007, "come hell or high water." He has
        now moved the closure date to 2014 and our air is dirtier as a
        result.

    -   John Tory understands that we can't turn the coal plants off until we
        replace the power they generate; but he also believes that lives are
        worth saving. That's why a John Tory PC Government will take
        immediate action to install clean air technology in the coal plants,
        starting at Nanticoke where it can do the most good.

    -   Installing clean air technology, such as scrubbers and selective
        catalytic reduction (SCR) technology will reduce toxic emissions that
        contribute to premature deaths in Ontario. Scrubbers and SCRs are
        proven to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury
        emissions by approximately 90 per cent.

    -   The cost to install new pollution control technology is approximately
        $300 million per unit for a scrubber, and $125 million per unit for
        selective catalytic reduction. (Source: Ontario Power Generation)

    Additionally, a John Tory Government will:

    -   Adopt a realistic plan to replace dirty coal power with clean
        alternatives, recognizing that it is irresponsible to reduce our
        energy capacity without a plan for its replacement.

    -   Set strong, achievable short and long-term targets to reduce
        greenhouse gas emissions in the province: 10 per cent below 1990
        levels by 2020 and 60 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

    -   Build a clean energy system in Ontario. This means using more co-
        generation and renewable energy sources. It also means embracing and
        building more nuclear power. Nuclear energy is affordable, safe,
        reliable and 100 per cent greenhouse gas free.
    

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