Updates on Proposed Mississauga Site
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No power plant for north Mississauga
One site dead, second to be challenged
`Too close' to homes, residents say
A plan for a natural gas-fired power plant in north Mississauga has been killed while citizen opposition mounts to another one proposed by the same company on the city's southeast border with Toronto.
A terse joint announcement by Eastern Power and the Ontario Power Authority states both parties have agreed not to proceed with the contract to supply 280 megawatts of power on the Greenfield North site near Hurontario St., north of Derry Rd.
"Eastern Power plans to concentrate its efforts on its Greenfield South power project, a high-efficiency 280-megawatt combined cycle gas-fired generating station," according to a statement posted on the authority's website.
Authority spokesman D. Brian Hay said the parties could not agree on a contract to supply electricity from the proposed northern project.
The two Mississauga projects were among six awarded by Ontario's energy ministry following a call to replace about 2,500 megawatts of capacity lost through closing the coal-fired Lakeview plant on Mississauga's waterfront. Other bids accepted by the ministry include two totalling 1,575 megawatts in Sarnia-Lambton, one for 90 megawatts by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and another for 10 megawatts by Loblaws Properties.
Meanwhile a coalition of residents' groups representing about 10,000 people will file a response today on the deadline for public comment on the environmental screening report that has been prepared for the Greenfield South project.
Mississauga council also meets today to hear the response to the environmental screening by consultants hired to review the report for the city.
The site is between Dundas St. E., The Queensway E., Etobicoke Creek and Loreland Ave.
Coalition spokesman Tony Jones has accused Eastern of showing "bad faith," by making only two copies of the environmental report available at two public libraries instead of on the Internet.
Residents say emissions from the plant will fall on residential neighbourhoods — the nearest homes are about 250 metres away — and on Trillium Hospital's Queensway site, some 600 metres away.
The site also sits on environmentally sensitive land, right beside the Etobicoke Creek, Jones said.
And it's wrong to call it a natural-gas plant when it will actually be a dual energy plant, sometimes burning oil during times when natural gas supplies are interrupted or prices skyrocket, he said.
The bid still requires approval by Mississauga council, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the environment ministry. Eastern aims to have it up and running by 2008.
Greg Vogt, president of Eastern Power, said his company exceeded the requirement for the number of written copies of the environmental assessment provided to libraries.
He added that replacing coal-fired technology with high-efficiency, clean-burning facilities is a "good news story for Mississauga."