Air quality operating approval renewed for J.D. Irving Ltd. - Scierie Grande Rivière (09/06/30)

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June 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new air quality approval to J.D. Irving Ltd. to operate its softwood sawmill near Saint-Léonard, Environment Minister T.J. Burke announced today.

The company's current air quality operating approval for the sawmill, Scierie Grande Rivière, expires July 30.

The renewal follows a public consultation exercise, which included a 120-day public review period between Jan. 28 and May 28.

"As this facility meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act, I am pleased to issue this facility a five-year operating approval effective July 31," Burke said. "Good air quality is a priority for our government, and it is an important aspect of protecting people's health, promoting environmental sustainability, and keeping 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: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.