Media Advisory: Peel and Toronto Medical Officers of Health to Release Air Quality Study on Generating Station|
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Toronto Public Health - The Medical Officers of Health for Toronto and
the Region Peel are joining forces to call on the provincial government to
fully convert the Lakeview Generating Station from coal to natural gas within
two to five years.
Dr. Basrur, MoH for the City of Toronto, and Dr. David McKeown, MoH for Peel,
will unveil a study tomorrow outlining different operating scenarios for the
Lakeview plant and the potential impacts on air quality, human health and the
The plant is now up for sale and there are concerns that a new operator may
increase production and cause greater air pollution.
"Lakeview Generating Station is the Greater Toronto Area's largest source of
sulpher dioxide emissions. Sulphur dioxide is a major component of smog and
contributes to premature deaths and hospitalization. To improve air quality and
protect the health of the public, Lakeview must be converted to natural gas.
This conversion must proceed quickly, regardless of whether or not the plant is
sold," said Dr. Basrur.
Dr. McKeown pointed out that Lakeview is located in close proximity to densely
populated residential areas in both Toronto and Mississauga. "Our study maps
out the neighbourhoods impacted by emissions from Lakeview as a coal-fired
plant at current and increased production, and compares this to emissions from
a natural gas plant. This analysis demonstrates the urgent need to address the
plant's status," said Dr. McKeown.
The Medical Officers of Health will unveil other highlights of the study
Date: Friday, June 30, 2000
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Lakeview Promenade Park Marina, 135 Lakefront Promenade Road.
Take QEW to Cawthra Road. Go South on Cawthra Road to Lakeshore Blvd. Go East
on Lakeshore Blvd. two streets. Turn South on Lakefront Promenade. Turn left at
the third driveway.
Note to Assignment Editors: Lakeview Generating Station smokestacks
are visible from the press conference location
|Mary Margret Crapper|