Environment

Air quality operating approval renewed for Belledune station (10/03/03)

NB 305

March 3, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval to NB Power Belledune thermal generating station.

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

The renewal follows a public consultation exercise, which included a 120-day public review period between Sept. 21, 2009, and Jan. 29, 2010.

"As good air quality is a priority for our government, I am pleased to issue a five-year operating approval to this facility which meets the requirements of the Air Quality Regulation of the Clean Air Act," said Miles.

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.

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.

10/03/03

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

10/03/03