April 15, 2014 Newsworthy >> Coal is caput in Ontario

It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario      

On April 8th, the Thunder Bay Generating Station burned its last lump of coal marking the end of an era in Ontario. Thunder Bay was the last of     the province’s five dirty coal-fired generating stations to close.   Nanticoke, formerly the largest coal-fired power plant in North  America,  was closed in     December 2013, following on the heels of the  closure of the Lambton  Generating Station in October 2013, the  conversion of the Atikokan  station to biomass,     which began in 2012,  and the closure of Lakeview Generating Station  in 2005.

Now with this final puff from Thunder Bay,   Ontario has successfully eliminated the province’s single biggest source   of smog, toxins, acid rain and     greenhouse gases. This is no  less a victory for people in  Northern Ontario than it is for residents  of the once smog-choked South.  Coal burning at Thunder     Bay and  Atikokan led to rising mercury levels in northern lakes and  damaged  northern forests through acid rain. Fortunately, the north is  rich in  cleaner     energy alternatives, from water power to wind.

Ontario’s coal phase out is a remarkable achievement and a   tremendous example to the world. This is a great day for our province   and our planet! The OCAA is proud to have played a central role in  pushing     forward the largest single action on climate change in North  America. Thank you for your help!


Courtesy: Ontario  Clean Air Alliance


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