Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hydro Plant, Seal Cove

The Newfoundland Hydro Generating Plant in Seal Cove/Holyrood burns bunker sea oil to provide electricity to homes and businesses on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula. As you can see from the photos, quite a bit of smoke and pollutants are being pumped into our atmosphere 24-7, especially in the cooler months of the year.

I have used photographs of these stacks to teach children about our environment and pollution and these photos helped show that even though the environment in Newfoundland and Labrador is not as polluted as areas with larger populations, we still pollute.

People in the area have been complaining for years about the pollutants escaping through the stacks, but very little has been done to stop it. Recently the Town Councils in the area have been applying pressure for Hydro to clean up their act and after nearly 40 years they plan to add scrubbers to the stacks which will help stem pollutants from escaping into the atmosphere. Hopefully new, cleaner technologies such as wind and solar power will become economical and practical so we can stop poisoning the air we breathe!

These are the same stacks that I referred to in my Photo of the Day on January 5.

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