April 26, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the University of New Brunswick (UNB) heating plant in Fredericton has begun, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
The current air quality operating approval expires Oct. 31.
"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 the provincial government. It is an important aspect of protecting health, promoting environmental sustainability, and keeping New Brunswick well-positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026."
The process includes a number of information requirements along with minimum time frames, including a 120-day public comment period, scheduled to conclude on Aug. 23. 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 compliance and enforcement.
UNB operates a central heating plant that consists of four industrial-sized boilers; one wood waste-fired boiler, two oil-fired boilers and one multi-fueled boiler. The heating plant supplies steam to most of the university's buildings as well as St. Thomas University, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, the Research and Productivity Council, the Provincial Archives, the Provincial Soils Laboratory and the Incutech buildings.
Visit www.gnb.ca/environment for information about how to obtain documentation and to submit documents. Alternatively, visit any Department of Environment regional office.
Information about the Clean Air Act and other legislation administered by the Department of Environment is at www.gnb.ca/environment.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.