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Air Quality – Clarkson Airshed

For the past decade, the air quality of the Clarkson area has been identified as a priority issue for Mississauga Council and residents. With concerns from the local community concerning poor air quality, the Ministry of Environment conducted the Clarkson Airshed Study to investigate the claims. The report found elevated levels of inhalable particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

An action plan was developed in 2009 when the Ontario government appointed Dr. David Balsillie as a one-man Southwest Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Air Quality Task Force. The plan featured 35 recommendations to improve air quality and reduce associated health impacts in the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed. The City of Mississauga, along with the Town of Oakville pushed the province to respond to the recommendations for the Action Plan.

On June 21, 2011, the Ministry of Environment published a response to the recommendations of the Balsillie report. The document released provides a list of all 35 recommendations and a summary of the province’s actions and response. While the recommendation plan is a first-step towards building Action for the Clarkson Airshed community, the City believes that proper implementation of the plan is necessary to protect human health and improving the air quality of the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed. The City is calling on the next government in power to implement the Action Plan and to maintain the agreement that the current Provincial government has in implementing the recommendations.

 

The question that provincial political parties should answer is:

Will your party agree to the implementation of an air-zone management program with a pilot project in the Oakville-Clarkson area, and take action to see that they are fulfilled in the next provincial government mandate?

If you wish to read more on this topic, please refer to the corporate report entitled "Provincial Election 2011:  Summary of Key Issues for the City of Mississauga"  (pages 15-17)



Air Quality - Loreland site

Mississauga City Council has been a vocal opponent to the development of the Greenfield South Power Plant on 2315 Loreland Avenue. While City Council recognizes the rationale behind the provincial government's proposal for clean energy supply, the location is deemed unsuitable by Council and residents, to accommodate the development of a gas-fired power generating facility. Mayor McCallion and City Councillors have repeatedly stated that the location is too close in proximity to residential homes and to the Etobicoke Creek.

Discussions surrounding the development of a power plant were initiated through the Government of Ontario's request for clean energy supply. In 2004, the Province of Ontario released a Request for Proposal and Eastern Power Ltd./Greenfield South Power Corporation successfully won the bid to build the 280 megawatt facility. Soon after, development and building permit applications were submitted from Greenfield to the City.

The City of Mississauga has opposed Greenfield South Power Corporation's plan to develop a power plant since it was first proposed in 2004.  When the RFP was issued by the Province, City Council directed staff to review both Official Plan policies and zoning regulations to establish appropriate policies and criteria for the location of power generating facilities. The result of that led to the adoption by City Council of Official Plan Amendment 48, which established the land use planning framework for power generating facilities in Mississauga. The staff reviewed, updated Official Plan and zoning by-law amendments set out suitable locations for these facilities, and would have prevented the Loreland projects from proceeding.

Greenfield chose to file appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to overturn the City's Official Plan and zoning by-law. Despite the City's best efforts, the OMB overturned the City's land use plan amendments and by-law as they applied to this site; thus authorizing the construction of the power plant. The City has pursued all opportunities to ensure that regulatory and compliance standards involved with land use for power generating facilities are of the highest standard. Unfortunately, the City has run of out of options to oppose the power plant's construction. Once a project compiles with all applicable laws, the Chief Building Official is required to issue a building permit. On May 30, 2011, the City's Building Official issued a permit to Greenfield South Power Corporation.

Responding to the concerns of its citizens, Mississauga City Council endorsed two additional questions to be added to the Provincial Election 2011 strategy. Council requests political parties to address these two questions (Recommendation GC-0469-2011):

 

The question that provincial political parties should answer is:

Would your party ensure a full Environmental Assessment is conducted on the Greenfield South Power plant proposal?  Will you as a Provincial candidate oppose the construction of the Greenfield South power plant?

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