The Ontario government has introduced Bill 138, Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act,
2013, to confirm their longstanding decision to end the
use of coal at Ontario's electricity generating facilities and
to prohibit new stand-alone coal-fired generating facilities.
Comments are due January 9.
Coal-fired electricity generating facilities are major sources
of air pollution.
Emissions from these facilities include: oxides of nitrogen
(NOx); sulphur oxides (SOx); particulate matter (PM); and a variety
of toxic pollutants (e.g., mercury). These emissions are associated
with major health impacts (e.g., premature death, increased
hospital emissions for patients with asthma and chronic lung
disease) as well as environmental impacts (e.g., buildings, crops
and ecosystems).Coal-fired electricity generating facilities are
also large emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) which contribute to
global climate change.
Description of Act:
This proposed Bill amends the Environmental Protection Act. It
would add a new Part to the legislation (Part VI.1) requiring the
cessation of coal use at 4 existing facilities and prohibit the use
of coal to generate electricity at any other new stand-alone
The proposed amending Bill would, if passed:
1. Prohibit the use of coal at the Atikokan, Lambton, Nanticoke
and Thunder Bay generating facilities after December 31, 2014.
2. Send a clear signal that the use of coal at the existing
electricity generating facilities is prohibited, by ensuring that
the maximum fines in the Environmental Protection Act can be levied
by a court for any breach of this prohibition.
3. Prohibit the use of coal in any future stand-alone
electricity generating facility, ensuring that burning coal for
electricity generation at stand-alone facilities in Ontario remains
a practice of the past.
4. Clarify that coal-fired electricity-generation for other
facilities (e.g. industrial facilities) does not apply to the
following types of generation facilities:
the generation is at a facility that produces a product other
than electricity or steam, and electricity generation is not the
primary purpose of the facility;
the generation is from the use of heat, steam or by-product gas
from a facility that produces a product other than electricity or
steam where the generation of electricity is not the primary
purpose of the facility.
Comments are Due: January 09,
2014 (EBR Registry number 012-0502)
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