Fumes over Ports green plan

Easy to miss, amid Toronto Port Authority's Friday, January 29, re-?announcement of plans to build a pedestrian tunnel to the.


Easy to miss, amid Toronto Port Authority’s Friday, January 29, re-?announcement of plans to build a pedestrian tunnel to the Island Airport, that the TPA has signed a deal to buy green electricity from Bullfrog.[rssbreak]

The TPA says plans to use green power for Outer Harbour Marina, Marine Terminals 51 and 52 and the Island Airport are part of a range of new green initiatives.

The Port Authority, however, is not exactly coming clean on another pressing issue for waterfront residents: pollution from the 90,000-plus flights in and out of the Island Airport every year.

It has failed to respond to numerous requests from the Board of Health, dating back to February 09, for information on pollution from flight operations.

According to the medical officer of health, TPA senior staff have ignored numerous phone calls and emails.

No one from the TPA showed up at the last Board of Health meeting, where representatives from the Greater Toronto Airport Authority gave a presentation on efforts at Pearson to mitigate pollution from aircraft takeoffs and landings.

A November 09 letter from TPA airport director Ken Lundy says a consultant has been hired to monitor air quality, but a report won’t be ready until spring 2010.

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