Public review process begins for Irving sawmill in Saint-Léonard (09/01/27)

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Jan. 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the J.D. Irving Ltd. sawmill at Grande Rivière near Saint-Léonard is underway. Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today.

The operation, also known as the Scierie Grande Rivière, is a softwood sawmill that produces about 200 million board-feet of dimensional lumber per year. J.D. Irving Ltd. built the facility, which opened in 1987. The current air quality operating approval expires July 30.

The Public Participation Regulation under the Clean Air Act calls for a public participation process to be conducted before the issuance or renewal of approvals to operate for Class 1 sources of emissions.

This process involves a number of information requirements and minimum time frames in relation to the public review, including a 120-day public comment period running from Wednesday, Jan. 28, to Thursday, May 28. All comments should be submitted in writing.

"We encourage the public to take part in this process," Haché said. "It is an opportunity to learn more about this facility."

The 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, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.