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Mississauga News - June 23, 2007 - By

Ratepayers balk at idea of another Lakeview

Lakeview generating station.

As the gigantic powerhouse of Lakeview Generating Station is scheduled to be demolished early Monday morning, local ratepayers warn they won't tolerate another proposed gas-fired power plant on the site.

"Three generations of children have grown up suffering the negative impact of living beside a coal-generating station," Jim Tovey and Steve Dombey of the Lakeview Ratepayers Association said in a statement released Friday."  We cannot subject another three generations to a similar fate."

At 7:30 a.m. Monday, if the weather cooperates, the 1,179-ft.-long, 293-ft.-wide, 189-ft.-high powerhouse will be imploded, removing the largest remaining building on the 200-acre site, where the station operated for 43 years until April 2005.

The ratepayers are hoping that the potential future use of the Lakeview Station will not get lost among the public interest in the series of big bangs that will destroy the powerhouse.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Enersource, Mississauga's power distribution and sales company, have a formal agreement to explore the possibility of a gas-fired plant, believed to be around 800 megawatts (MW) in size, at the Lakeview site.

"Mississauga is already a stressed airshed," as described in the Clarkson Airshed Study released last November by the Ministry of Environment, the residents point out.  They note that Peel Region's acting medical officer of health has already advised that consideration of any new plants should "take into account the overall burdens of emissions within a particular airshed."

There are also environmental concerns.  The ratepayers say that, "OPG intends to use water from Lake Ontario to water cool their proposed gas-fired plant.  All other gas-fired plants are air-cooled.  An 800-MW plant with evaporative cooling towers could consume six million gallons of water per day when it's operating.  The environment effects of unnaturally heating Lake Ontario, impacts on fisheries, both due to impingement and thermal effects, would never be approved in the U.S."

The property should be remediated back to its original condition, not just to industrialized standards, the Lakeview residents said. 
"The site will not be usable as parkland for the residents of Mississauga.  Do we really need another brownfield on the lake?"  they wonder.

For the past year, ratepayers have been circulating a petition, calling for a full environmental assessment of the Lakeview site to determine what pollutants may have affected the soil, air and water over the course of the station's operation.

For those interested in the demolition, the public can view it from McMillan Headland Park, at the foot of Hampton Cr.

Security will be on hand to direct visitors.  The station site itself is off limits and there's a 500-metre exclusion zone surrounding the station.  There is also a two-kilometre exclusion zone from the station into Lake Ontario, twice the distance for the downing of the stacks at the station one year ago.

A warning siren will sound about 10 minutes prior to demolition.  A second siren will sound about 60 seconds before demolition.

The process is expected to take less than a minute.

The park opens at 6:30 a.m.

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