With the recent explosion of a power plant in the United States, many in Oakville are asking the Premier of Ontario to implement a immediate moratorium on the proposed Oakville power plant coming to Oakville. The Town of Oakville has spent $350,000 so far with costs expected to cost another $1 million.
Some of the costs noted above are not only legal but technical expertise needed to respond to an environmental review. It does not, however, include staff costs related to the Town’s recent approval of a Health Protection Air Quality bylaw.
TransCanada is currently seeking permission to appeal a recent OMB decision to uphold a special interim control bylaw restricting power plants in determining what land can accommodate such plants. If they win the onus for defending the OMB decision will fall to the Town.
The Oakville residents group Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA) and others in the community feel that considering the proposed facility will be the largest built in Canada and is so close to a densely populated area, the recent disaster in the U.S. demand further review. The potential for a disaster if an accident occurred they argue are very real and require further consultation.
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