Belledune power plant could escape Ottawa's proposed carbon tax plan

New Brunswick's only coal-fired power generating plant may escape the federal government's proposed carbon taxation plan.

Under the proposed plan, coal-fired plants, like the one in Belledune, wouldn't be charged for the first 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide per gigawatt hour of power generated.

The Belledune generating station emits a little more so the difference would be less than NB Power had anticipated.

Federal Tories allege the Liberals are giving the Belledune operation a 96 per cent exemption while passing along the cost to New Brunswickers.

But the Liberals say they campaigned on protecting the environment and growing the economy and that coal-fired plants will be phased out by 2030.

(with files from the Tribune)