June 18, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the AV Cell Inc. pulp mill in Atholville is underway, Environment Minister Roland Haché has announced. The current air quality operating approval expires Dec. 30.
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 timeframes in relation to the public review, including a 120-day public comment period scheduled to run until Oct. 16. 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 and to submit written comments about the air quality operating approval."
The process covers air-quality-related issues, including questions or comments about 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 to submit comments during the public review process is available online or at any Department of Environment office.
The pulp mill produces about 360 air-dry tonnes daily of dissolving grade pulp. This pulp is a critical input for Aditya Birla Group's Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) business, which produces fibre for use in the rayon textile and non-woven fibre industries.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.