Public review process begins for Coleson Cove thermal generating station (09/07/13)

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July 13, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the Coleson Cove thermal generating station in Lorneville is underway, Environment Minister T.J. Burke has announced. The current air quality operating approval expires Jan. 14, 2010.

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 time frames, including a 120-day public comment period scheduled to run until Nov. 9. All comments should be submitted in writing.

"This process provides an important opportunity to learn more about this facility and to submit written comments about the air quality operating approval," said Burke. "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."

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 on the Department of Environment website, or at any Department of Environment office.

The Coleson Cove thermal generating station is operated by the New Brunswick Power Coleson Cove Corp. (NB Power). It is the province's largest electricity-generating plant, generating up to 1,050 megawatts from the combustion of heavy fuel oil in two large boilers, and a combination of heavy fuel oil and petroleum coke in a third. The station represents about 25 per cent of NB Power's total generating capacity.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.