Air quality operating approval renewed for Irving Oil refinery (10/03/02)

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March 2, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval to the Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in Saint John.

Environment Minister Rick Miles made the announcement today. The company's current air quality operating approval expires Wednesday, March 31.

The renewal follows a public consultation exercise, which included a 120-day public review period between March 20 and Aug. 31, 2009.

"This five-year operating approval to this facility meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act," said Miles. "Certainly, good air quality is a priority for our government as it contributes to the promotion of environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency by 2026."

Irving Oil Ltd. operates a petroleum refinery in east Saint John, with a reference crude rate of 269,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Principal products of the refinery are combustion fuels for use in the transportation sector as well as for space heating and electricity generation.

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 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.