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Talks progressing, no deal yet regarding future of Calstock Power Plant

Hearst municipal officials continue to work towards a solution on the future of the Calstock Power Plant. Unless a resolution is found the plant will close this year when the contract ends.  Mayor Roger Siqouin was in Toronto last week meeting with Province over the issue, and says the discussions were positive.

“We look forward to having another meeting with them,” Sigouin says. “We want to get all of the parties together at one table. It’s not just about supporting the co-gen plant in Calstock, but the area lumber and sawmills too.”

Sigouin says there are other issues that go beyond the plant closing.

“We don’t want to go through an environment issue with a pile of wood waste,” he says. “We want to take care of the environment and work with the government. Lets find a solution together and balance all of the numbers.”

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Sigouin says that closing all of the small power plants like Calstock isn’t the answer to reducing electricity costs.

The Calstock Power Plant produces energy from wood waste, employs 20 people plus numerous spin-off jobs with Hearst area lumber and saw mills.

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