environment minister elizabethWitmer promised that any future electricity generated at the Lakeview station in Mississauga, the GTA's single largest polluter, would be using more efficient natural gas technology. But now it seems the minister has reneged on the pledge made with much fanfare earlier this month.
According to the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, draft regulations will continue to allow the station to use its less efficient coal boilers after 2005. Under that proposal, OCAA spokesperson Jack Gibbons says up to two times more greenhouse gas emissions and four times more smog-producing pollutants will be released into the environment. Gibbons says the regs are intended to keep costs down. "Once again, the public health is being sacrificed for profits," he says.
Barry Wilson, the minister's press secretary, did not respond to a request for comment.