Environment

Air quality operating approval renewed for AV Cell Inc. (09/11/30)

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Nov. 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval to AV Cell Inc. to operate its pulpmill in Atholville, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today. The company's current air quality operating approval expires Dec. 31.

The renewal follows a public consultation exercise, which included a 120-day public review between June 18 and Oct. 26.

"This facility meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act, and I am pleased to issue this facility a five-year operating approval," Miles 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."

The AV Cell Inc. pulpmill produces about 400 air dry tonnes per day of dissolving grade pulp from a blend of softwood and hardwood fibre, using the acid sulphite process. Dissolving grade pulp is converted into viscose fibre for use in the rayon textile industry.

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.

Approval conditions are also available on 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.

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

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