Public review for Dalhousie generating station (10/05/31)

NB 848

May 31, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 180-day public participation process to renew the air quality operating approval for the NB Power generating station in Dalhousie has begun. The current air quality operating approval expires Nov. 30. Environment Minister Rick Miles made the announcement today.

"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 Sept. 28. 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.

The Dalhousie station generates up to 320 megawatts of electricity from the combustion of heavy fuel oil in the two boilers. It is classified as a base-loaded station, which means that both of its units operate virtually all the time at or near full load conditions.

Information about obtaining documentation and submitting documents is available on the department's website or at any Department of Environment regional office.



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