Public review process begins for Lake Utopia Paper (09/09/10)

NB 1308

Sept. 10, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for Lake Utopia Paper near St. George is underway, Environment Minister Rick Miles has announced. The current air quality operating approval expires March 12, 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," said Miles. "This process provides the public with an important opportunity to learn more about this facility. 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."

This process contains a number of information requirements and minimum time frames, including a 120-day public comment period scheduled to run until Jan. 8, 2010. All comments should be submitted in writing.

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 office.

Lake Utopia Paper is a pulp and paper mill commissioned in 1971 and operated as Fundy Forest Products. J.D. Irving Ltd. bought the mill in 1973 and has operated it since as Lake Utopia Paper.

The plant produces 518 tonnes of finished corrugating medium per day, using the neutral sulphite semi-chemical pulping process, recycled cardboard and a corrugating paper machine.


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