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[cdn-nucl-l] Energy Probe says "Coal plant in Ontario not as dirty as reported"
Posted on the Energy Probe web page on October 7, 2005 and at:
"Coal fired plant in Ontario not as dirty as reported"
A report by Energy Probe says coal-fired power stations such as Nanticoke's
aren't as big a polluter as originally thought. The report says two of the
units at the Lambton generating station near Sarnia rank in the top 10
cleanest in North America. Energy Probe executive director Tom Adams says it
makes no sense to shut down Ontario plants and import large amounts of power
from dirtier coal-fired stations in the US.
Energy Probe has officially entered the Twilight Zone... Tom Adams 'urging'
Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance to support keeping the likes
of Lambton and Nanticoke OPEN?! Good grief.
No matter that this 'research' is just restating data based on a 2002 report
from the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Co-operation (real research
even referencing it, this seems quite outrageous. One need only take a look
at the homepage for the OCAA to see that asking them to turn around the
stance that coal has to go is unbelievable:
The first paragraph on the page says:
"The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is warning that "air pollution is a
public health crisis" in Ontario. In fact, air pollution from all sources
kills more than 5,800 people each year in this province, according to the
OMA. An April 2005 Ontario Government report further reports that air
pollution from Ontario's coal plants alone is responsible for 668 deaths in
Ontario annually. Thousands more suffer from respiratory ailments, such as
asthma and bronchitis, which are associated with pollutants in the air."
Here is the web page on smog-related mortality from the Ontario Medical
It seems that Energy Probe believes that 668 deaths per year really isn't so
bad after all.
Tom, Tom, Tom...