City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

September 10, 2009 14:58 ET

Media Advisory: Mayor Hazel McCallion to Hold Press Conference Regarding Clarkson as Proposed Site for Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - Mayor Hazel McCallion will be holding a press conference and public meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Iona Catholic Secondary School in regard to the Ontario Power Authority's plans for a 850 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant to be located in one of four proposed locations, three of which are in the Clarkson area of Mississauga.

"This is a health issue and we know there will be a negative impact on the Clarkson airshed area based on the Ministry of Environment's own Clarkson Airshed Study," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "I met with Premier Dalton McGuinty last month and shared petitions representing over 17,000 signatures of residents opposing the plan to build a gas plant in the Clarkson area. This issue is not about NIMBYism; it's a serious matter that will have a negative effect on the health of those who live and work in the community."

What: Four possible sites are being considered for the plant including
three Mississauga sites:

- Southdown Station, 759 - 797 Winston Churchill Boulevard
- Avon Energy Station, 445 Hazelhurst Road
- Royal Windsor Energy Centre, 2400 - 2430 Royal Windsor Drive

As part of the Ontario Power Authority's registration process the
plant is to be operational by December 31, 2013.

Who: Mayor Hazel McCallion is hosting the press conference and public
meeting. Residents, businesses, Mississauga MPs and MPPs are being
invited to the meeting along with:

- The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and
- The Honourable John Gerretsen, Minister of Environment
- John Beck, Chair, Ontario Power Authority
- Dr. David Mowat, Regional Medical Officer of Health

When: Media Conference and Public Meeting: 7 p.m.
Monday, September 14, 2009

Where: Iona Catholic Secondary School (Auditorium)
2170 South Sheridan Way

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As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Mississauga prides itself on enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment. Mississauga's commitment to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility reflects the City's motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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