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CUPE 957 and 2000, representing technical and office staff at Hydro-Québec, have denounced plans to develop a new natural gas-powered electricity plant.

The unions argue that the gas-powered plant will violate the Charest governments environmental policy as well as its energy policy. While Canada is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6 per cent, the unions point out that the Suroît plant will single-handedly increase Québecs emissions by 2.5 per cent.

Worse still, the government plans to turn the operation over to General Electric.

Local presidents Pierre Rousseau and Claude Arseneault arent surprised by the plans for

Suroît. Its only one of many regressive measures the Charest government is pushing.

They argue that instead the government should put in place an effective program to encourage energy efficiency.