Public review process begins for Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine (08/09/09)

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Sept. 9, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine begins today, Environment Minister Roland Haché has announced.

Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine operates a mine-mill complex 35 kilometres south of Bathurst. The current air quality operating approval expires on March 31, 2009.

The Public Participation Regulation under the Clean Air Act calls for a public participation process to be conducted prior to the issuance or renewal of approvals to operate for Class 1 sources of emissions. This process contains a number of information requirements and minimum time frames in relation to the public review, including a 120-day public comment period scheduled for Sept. 9, 2008 to Jan. 6, 2009. All comments should be submitted in writing.

"We encourage the public to take part in this process," Haché said. "It's an opportunity for the public to learn more about this facility and to submit written comments in regard to the air quality operating approval for the company."

This process covers air-quality-related issues, including questions or comments regarding air emissions, pollution-control equipment, conditions proposed in the draft approval, monitoring and reporting requirements, and information on enforcement and compliance.

Information on how to get documentation or provide comments during the public review process is available online or at any Department of Environment office.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, Public Affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.