March 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new air quality approval to Grand Lake Timber Ltd. in May to operate its softwood sawmill in Chipman.
"Because this facility meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act, I'm pleased to renew its operating approval for five years, effective May 1," Environment Minister Roland Haché said today.
The company's current air quality operating approval expires April 30.
The renewal follows public consultation that included a 120-day review between Sept. 9, 2008, and Jan. 15, 2009. Questions and comments raised by the public during this period have been addressed in the final summary of issues and responses and do not require further formal consideration, the minister said.
"Good air quality is vital to the preservation of New Brunswickers' wellness and to the achievement of a sustainable environment in our province," Haché said. "Our government is working to maintain good air quality to protect people's health, promote environmental sustainability, and keep New Brunswick well positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."
Documentation supporting the review 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 at 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.