Sept. 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the NB Power Belledune thermal generating station is underway, Environment Minister Rick Miles has announced. The current air quality operating approval expires March 31, 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. 10, 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.
Commissioned in 1993, the Belledune station is the second-largest fossil fuel-fired generating station in New Brunswick. It generates up to 490 Mw of electricity from the combustion of pulverized coal as the primary fuel and petroleum coke as a blended supplemental fuel, in one large boiler.
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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.