Environment

Air quality operating approval renewed for Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine (09/02/27)

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Feb. 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new air quality approval to Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine this April, Environment Minister Roland Haché has announced.

Xstrata Canada Corp., Brunswick Mine operates a mine-mill complex 35 kilometres south of Bathurst.

"As this facility meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act, I'm pleased to renew its operating approval for a period of five years, effective April 1, 2009," Haché said.

The company's current air quality operating approval expires on March 31.

The renewal follows public consultations that included a 120-day public review period between Sept. 9, 2008, and January 19, 2009. Questions and comments raised by the public during that period have been addressed in the final summaries of issues and responses, and require no further formal consideration.

"Good air quality is vital not only to the preservation of New Brunswickers' wellness, but also to the achievement of a sustainable environment in our province," Haché said. "Our government is working to maintain good air quality throughout the province to protect people's health, promote environmental sustainability, and keep New Brunswick well positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."

Documentation supporting the review process included a facility profile; draft and intended approvals; and summaries of issues raised and responses to those issues, as applicable. This information may be viewed at regional offices of the Department of Environment or on the department's website.

The Department of Environment is responsible for implementing the Clean Environment Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Pesticides Control Act, and the Beverage Containers Act through early planning, pollution prevention initiatives, and the administration of permits and approvals.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.

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