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
"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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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
- 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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