Doctors praise Alberta coal phase-out — industry seeks details

Doctors are lining up to praise the Alberta government's new climate policy which includes phasing out coal-burning power plants within 15 years.

EDMONTON — Doctors are lining up to praise the Alberta government’s new climate policy which includes phasing out coal-burning power plants within 15 years.

They say the decision will save hundreds of millions of dollars in health costs every year.

But the companies who burn the coal to produce more than half the province’s power are reluctant to discuss the plan and have only issued brief statements.

They say they are waiting for more details.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says negotiations with industry on the early shutdown of coal-fired plants will begin shortly.