First introduced in August 2007, O.Reg. 496/07 requires the owner and operator of the Atikokan, Lambton, Nanticoke and Thunder Bay generating stations to cease using coal as of December 31, 2014.
From 2003 to 2006, carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants were reduced by approximately one third. The government has committed to reduce, by another one third, carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants by 2011.
The proposed amendments to O.Reg. 496/07 ensures that the government’s coal cessation commitment has legally binding interim carbon dioxide limits and reporting requirements.