Coal burns out in Ontario
Ontarians can breathe easier, and know they're setting a clean, clear example for the rest of North America. The province has become the first jurisdiction on the continent to end its dependence on coal power generation.
Thunder Bay Generating Station, the province's last coal-fired plant, has used up its remaining coal supplies and will now be converted to burn renewable biomass.
Four years ago, the Liberal government announced plans to end all coal power generation in Ontario by the end of 2014. RNAO pushed the province to accelerate these timelines or risk further damage to the province's health. RNs have been a strong voice against coal power, due to its harmful emissions, which are believed to cause up to 250 deaths per year.
The end of coal burning in Thunder Bay –- as well as at plants in Lambton County, Atikokan and Nanticoke -- puts the province ahead of schedule. The government has also introduced Bill 138, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, which aims to ban the future use of coal for power generation in Ontario.
RNAO would like to thank the provincial government for fulfilling its commitment to closing Ontario's coal-fired plants, and urge leaders to quickly pass Bill 138.