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Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area

Abstract

In 1994, public hearings were held in Quebec city concerning a 120 megawatt (MW) gas cogeneration project that was to be coupled with an already existing pulp and paper mill in the downtown area. Cogeneration plants are often described as highly beneficial from the point of view of local environment. It is well known that the burning of natural gas emits far less sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and particulate matters (PM) than the combustion of oil or coal. The proposed plant would use high pressure vapour from a nearby incinerator plant and natural gas to produce low pressure vapor for the paper mill industry as well as electricity. The cogeneration plant would allow the paper mill to stop burning heavy oil. By using natural gas instead of heavy oil, the new cogeneration-paper mill complex (CPC) is expected to reinforce the recent trend and willingness towards improving downtown air quality. On the other hand, the CPC would emit more CO{sub 2}, due to the production of additional electricity. According to the Rio de Janeiro Agreement ratified in 1988, Canada is committed to stabilize its greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000. Nevertheless, the cogeneration file is a new option considered by  More>>
Authors:
Lajoie, P; Bolduc, D; Gauvin, D; Guerrier, P; Gauthier, R; [1]  Laflamme, P [2] 
  1. Quebec Public Health Center, Ste-Foy (Canada)
  2. Laval Univ. (Canada). Dept. of Preventive Medicine
Publication Date:
Dec 31, 1995
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
NEI-FI-290-Vol.3; CONF-9505322-Vol.3
Reference Number:
SCA: 320304; 200400; PA: FI-96:003635; EDB-96:135079; SN: 96001645624
Resource Relation:
Conference: 10. world clean air congress, Espoo (Finland), 28 May - 2 Jun 1995; Other Information: DN: Sponsored by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (UIAPPA) and hosted by the Finnish Air Pollution Prevention Society (FAPPS); PBD: 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Proceedings of the 10th world clean air congress. Impacts and management; Kaemaeri, J.; Tolvanen, M.; Anttila, P.; Salonen, R.O. [eds.]; PB: 632 p.
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; DUAL-PURPOSE POWER PLANTS; PUBLIC HEALTH; HEALTH HAZARDS; QUEBEC; URBAN AREAS; COGENERATION; AIR QUALITY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
OSTI ID:
283546
Research Organizations:
Finnish Air Pollution Prevention Society, Helsinki (Finland)
Country of Origin:
Finland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE96777170; ISBN 952-90-6474-8; TRN: FI9603635
Availability:
OSTI as DE96777170
Submitting Site:
FI
Size:
pp. [4]
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Lajoie, P, Bolduc, D, Gauvin, D, Guerrier, P, Gauthier, R, and Laflamme, P. Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area. Finland: N. p., 1995. Web.
Lajoie, P, Bolduc, D, Gauvin, D, Guerrier, P, Gauthier, R, & Laflamme, P. Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area. Finland.
Lajoie, P, Bolduc, D, Gauvin, D, Guerrier, P, Gauthier, R, and Laflamme, P. 1995. "Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area." Finland.
@misc{etde_283546,
title = {Public health impact assessment of a proposed cogeneration plant in the Quebec city metropolitan area}
author = {Lajoie, P, Bolduc, D, Gauvin, D, Guerrier, P, Gauthier, R, and Laflamme, P}
abstractNote = {In 1994, public hearings were held in Quebec city concerning a 120 megawatt (MW) gas cogeneration project that was to be coupled with an already existing pulp and paper mill in the downtown area. Cogeneration plants are often described as highly beneficial from the point of view of local environment. It is well known that the burning of natural gas emits far less sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and particulate matters (PM) than the combustion of oil or coal. The proposed plant would use high pressure vapour from a nearby incinerator plant and natural gas to produce low pressure vapor for the paper mill industry as well as electricity. The cogeneration plant would allow the paper mill to stop burning heavy oil. By using natural gas instead of heavy oil, the new cogeneration-paper mill complex (CPC) is expected to reinforce the recent trend and willingness towards improving downtown air quality. On the other hand, the CPC would emit more CO{sub 2}, due to the production of additional electricity. According to the Rio de Janeiro Agreement ratified in 1988, Canada is committed to stabilize its greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000. Nevertheless, the cogeneration file is a new option considered by the Quebec Provincial Governement in its last energy triennal plan. However, it must be specified that the Province of Quebec contributes to less than 15 % of the total Canadian CO{sub 2} production although it represents more than 25 % of its population. Furthermore the maximum production of electricity by this file has been set to 250 MW. It is a very small fraction of the total production of electricity in Quebec, which is 200 TW}
place = {Finland}
year = {1995}
month = {Dec}
}