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Tue, 19 Mar 2013
Mayor Rob Burton appeared before the Ontario Standing Committee on Justice Policy this morning, recalling the serious health and safety concerns around the 2009 proposed siting of a 900 megawatt (MW) power plant adjacent to homes and schools in Southeast Oakville.
“The proposed site for the 900 MW gas fired power plant was closer to homes than the Province allows wind turbines,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “I believe that the potential health, safety and environmental costs associated with building the power plant far outweighed the financial implications incurred by the province in their decision to cancel it.”
Mayor Burton spoke to the health and safety concerns associated with the proposed power plant; the proximity to homes, schools, businesses, a major highway and the region’s busiest commuter rail corridor. All were within a few hundred meters of the proposed site. The Mayor pointed to the 2010 explosion of a similarly sized power plant in Connecticut and the 2012 VIA train derailment in Burlington as unacceptable examples of the risks associated with the proposed location for the power plant.
Prior to the provincial cancellation in October 2010, the town had commenced the fulfilment of its regulatory and planning responsibilities.
In March 2009, Oakville introduced an Interim Control By-law that addressed the proper siting of power plants based on the type and size of facility relative to its location. The actions taken by the town were appealed and upheld by an independent tribunal, the Ontario Municipal Board.
From a regulatory perspective Oakville introduced a Health Protection Air Quality By-law, which addressed the absence of provincial regulation to deal with health impacts from direct emissions of fine particulate matter and precursor substances that become particulate matter.
“Oakville residents were emphatic. Oakville legislators at every level were united and clear,” Mayor Burton said. “Our response to this issue was well-researched, well-documented, well-reasoned, and mostly importantly, representative of the concerns of the vast majority of Oakville residents, and successfully defended at the OMB.”
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