Air quality operating approval renewed for Lake Utopia Paper (10/02/10)

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Feb. 10, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval to Lake Utopia Paper, near St. George, to operate its pulp and paper mill, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today. The company's current approval expires March 12.

The renewal follows a public consultation exercise, which included a 120-day public review between Sept. 10, 2009 and Jan. 8, 2010.

"Since 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," Miles said. "Good air quality is a priority for the provincial 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."

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.

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 website.

The Department of Environment is responsible for administering 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.