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10 Reasons Why a Proposed 975 Mega Watt Gas Fired Power Plant near Residential areas in Ontario is DEAD WRONG
Locating one of the most powerful Gas Fired Power Plants in Canada near the centre of the Town of Oakville and close to the City of Mississauga should be a concern for all Canadians.
It is unlikely that such a site would be approved anywhere in North America.
Given the tragic accidents of 2010 alone – going forward with this location is UNTHINKABLE
- Toxic Air – discharge of air borne pollutants including PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter) – increased risk of heart and respiratory diseases including asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) – CHILDREN & SENIORS at greatest risk in an already over polluted air shed region of Canada – 80 premature deaths per year in Oakville are attributed to air pollution – predictions are a rise of 10% with this plant – its cooling tower may also release harmful bacteria – air has no borders
- Wrong Location – 11,000 homes, 16 schools (6000 children), 8 daycares & 5 seniors residences within a 3 kilometre radius – the same evacuation size area after the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment
- Safety Concerns – chemical storage, including ammonia & diesel (for back up generator) – extension of main gas line may cross under a major road to the site – plant owners requested to decrease the “by-law required” 214 parking spaces to 24 – small site with possible tight spaces for responders in an emergency
- Noise Pollution – ongoing background noise – perhaps louder from testing, startups & possible malfunctions – noise is a health concern – it's way too close
- Fresh Water Usage – unlike an air cooled plant, at peak periods this water cooled plant may pull up to 25 million litres per day from Lake Ontario – discharge water returning to the lake, warmer & with added chemicals, can increase algae growth & cause other adverse effects
- Poor Site Planning – small 13.5 acre strip of land just south of the Ford Plant – little or no buffering for nearby homes, schools, parks, offices, stores & community facilities – the 2008 Toronto “Sunrise” propane explosion shook homes within a 4 km radius – the 2010 Connecticut “Kleen Energy” gas plant explosion broke windows at 5 km – the 2010 San Bruno, California gas pipe explosion destroyed a community
- Fiscal Implications – likely decreased property values & increased health care costs – yet contractual guaranteed income to TransCanada from Ontario tax payers whether the plant produces power or not
- Debatable Power Needs – energy demands have declined as conservation efforts have taken hold – plus a new plant has been built in Halton & others in nearby Regions – all with considerably greater setbacks – a 10 mega watt wind turbine would not be allowed on this site due to proximity to homes
- Alternative Site – Haldimand County, home to the slated to close huge “Nanticoke” coal fired plant, has requested this plant & has large acre land site options with buffer zones – infrastructure & transmission lines exist
- Clouds of Chaos – two wide 200 foot high combustion stacks (about 20 stories) can spew HIGH vapour condensate plumes 2-3 times their height, depending on temperature & humidity – in winter, they may be visible for many kilometres – additionally, the massive 16 cell cooling tower will produce a large LOWriding vapour plume that may create DANGEROUS fog and ice conditions for adjacent commuter & commercial rail lines, major roads & highways At peak periods, the cooling tower plume could fill the 56.5 million cubic foot space in the Rogers Centre every 80 seconds
It just doesn’t make sense. Lives are at stake. It’s way too close.
You can help – It’s not too late – Join “Citizens for Clean Air” – Membership is free – www.c4ca.org