Ottawa to take aim at pollution from coal plant in new environmental protection act

Ottawa will soon take aim with its new environmental legislation at the country’s biggest coal-fired power plant, the largest and most polluting in Canada.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the legislation, the Environmental Protection Act, will provide the power industry with a clear mandate to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and protect the health and wellbeing of Canadians.

“It will allow us to build on the successes we’ve already seen in the past and set the stage for a new era in which the government will be able to protect our environment, our communities, and the economy and jobs that are in the pipeline,” Aglugkaq said Wednesday.

The bill will set the rules for coal-powered plants, and it will set new requirements on emissions, water use, land use and emissions, and ensure that all coal-power plants comply with the Environmental Management Act.

The new legislation will require all coal plants to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

It will also set a maximum carbon dioxide emission of 2,000 tonnes per year by 2030, which is lower than previous regulations.

Aglukak said she expects to have final legislation before the summer.

The Liberal government introduced its legislation in the spring, with the aim of tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gas pollution from power plants.

The legislation was also aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing coal plants.

It has already forced Ontario to scrap plans to build a new coal-burning plant.