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For Immediate Release

July 31, 2007

New Website Explores Options for Nanticoke Generating Station

Citizens Group Launches Site to Inform Local Residents and Stakeholders

NANTICOKE July 31, 2007 Grand Erie Energy Quest, a group of concerned citizens in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, has recently launched a website to inform and educate the public regarding proposed changes and options for the Nanticoke electrical generating station. The Ontario government has announced that the coal-fired plant will be closed by 2014. Among the options is a proposal by Bruce Nuclear to build a nuclear powered station on or adjacent to the existing plant on the shores of Lake Erie. Other options include various remediation or improvements to the existing coal facility. These include coal gasification, carbon capture, conversion to burning of bio-mass or natural gas, and replacement with renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.

County councils in both Haldimand and Norfolk have been hasty in their acceptance of the nuclear option said Janet Fraser, one of the local residents behind the new website. There has been very little opportunity for public input and our councilors have been relying almost entirely on information provided by Bruce Power and the nuclear industry.

Public Education and Awareness Needed

The website has numerous articles and reports on power generation methods, nuclear safety issues, pollution and carbon-dioxide abatement techniques, conservation and alternate energy. There are also links to articles on other websites. As well, the site includes contact information for Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk County councilors and Hamilton city councilors. Interested citizens are encouraged to contact councilors and local government with their concerns and ideas.

There are also links to dozens of other informative websites, pro and anti-nuclear.

Citizen Input Sought

We need to get our councils to slow down and get totally informed, said Port Ryerse resident Richard Goodlet, one of the website's developers. Many politicians seem to only be looking at the new jobs that a nuclear plant would create. In reality, there are other energy options that will produce as many new jobs. Our communities have seismic concerns on the proposed site and the damage this could cause to our fishing and tourist industries. Public health and safety and long term costs need to be addressed. This is a serious issue that will affect our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It should not be rushed! Goodlet noted that MPP Toby Barrett has been the exception to the rule and has been seeking public input since the nuclear idea first surfaced in 2005.

The new website includes an opinion poll where site visitors can indicate their personal preferences for the future of the Nanticoke Generating Station. A blog allows visitors to explain their poll responses and to discuss the issues with other readers. The site invites articles and suggestions from the public.

Visitors to www.energyquest4nanticoke.ca can subscribe to the organization's email list. The email list is used to distribute news items and information culled from the news media, energy industry and environmental movement.

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For more information:

Richard Goodlet, 519-428-1548, info@energyquest4nanticoke.ca

Janet Fraser, 905-772-2929, news@energyquest4nanticoke.ca

Jim Elve, 519-443-8085, postmaster@energyquest4nanticoke.ca

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