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NB Power - Environment

Background

Environment Policy

Increased Board of Directors Involvement

Regulatory Requirements

Environmental Management Accomplishments


Background

NB Power has a tradition of acting in an environmentally responsible manner and places a high priority on environmental matters. The Corporation has made significant investments over the years to ensure consistency with standards and regulations. The Corporation constantly monitors the effects its operations have on the environment and regularly takes innovative action to mitigate these effects.


Environment Policy

On October 16, 1990, the Board of Directors formally adopted NB Power's Environmental Policy. The policy clearly enunciates the Corporation's commitment to protecting the environment and is reproduced below.

NB Power Environmental Policy Statement

NB Power is committed to the achievement of excellence and innovation in protecting the environment of the province, while meeting its mandate to provide economic and reliable energy to the people of New Brunswick. NB Power considers that the environmental performance of its facilities is as important to its customers as the quality of the service which they receive. The environmental principles which follow guide NB Power's environmental performance, and affirm NB Power's responsibility for, and commitment to, environmental protection.

Leadership

NB Power maintains a leadership role in the investigation of new environmentally responsible technologies and methodologies, through cooperative efforts with the public, industry, researchers, and government.

Environmental Standards and Guidelines

NB Power maintains consistency with all applicable environmental standards, guidelines and codes for its facilities, from early planning through operation and finally to decommissioning.

Environmental Audits

NB Power is committed to periodic environmental audits of its facilities and associated monitoring programs, to assess compliance with regulatory requirements and consistency with industry standards and internal procedures.

Environmental Protection Framework

NB Power provides a framework of objectives and procedures to assist its employees in meeting the utility commitment to environmental protection.

Partnership

NB Power strives to ensure that its Environmental Policy is respected by all its partners, including contractors, consultants, and suppliers of goods and services.


Increased Board of Directors Involvement

In 1993/94, NB Power's Board of Directors formed a committee to address issues related to the environment. This committee is charged with the responsibility of advising the Board of Directors on the suitability of NB Power's Environmental Policy statement and reviewing the environmental programs of NB Power to ensure that they meet the intent of the Environmental Policy Statement. These changes in its governance structure support NB Power's commitment to environmental protection.


Regulatory Requirements

NB Power regularly applies to the New Brunswick Department of the Environment for licenses and permits to construct and operate its various facilities. During the past year, NB Power received all the necessary permits, licenses and approvals to operate its facilities as required by the regulatory authorities. This required, on an on-going basis, a significant amount of monitoring, testing and reporting on air and water emissions, fuel usage, etc.


Environmental Management Accomplishments

Highlights of recent major accomplishments in environmental management include:

  • the commissioning of new flue gas de-sulphurization units (scrubbers) at the Belledune and Dalhousie generating stations;
  • the optimization of waste water treatment facilities at the Grand Lake, Courtenay Bay and Coleson Cove generating stations;
  • the construction and operation of state-of-the-art landfill sites at the Belledune and Dalhousie generating stations;
  • the certification of a sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides continuous emissions monitoring system at the Belledune generating station;
  • the submission of NB Power's Initial Action Plan under Canada's Climate Change Voluntary Challenge and Registry Program;
  • managing the Corporation's sulphur dioxide emissions to a level well below the 1994 emissions target of 123,000 tonnes;
  • performing environmental audits at the Point Lepreau, Grand Manan, Coleson Cove, Courtenay Bay, Milltown and Sisson generating stations; Central, Eastern and Southern Customer Service Regions and following up on assurance audits conducted in 1994/95;
  • the submission of the Orimulsion® spill contingency plan for the Dalhousie generating station to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and implementation of the initial phase including training;
  • the decontamination of 10,000 gallons of low level PCB contaminated oil;
  • continuing the development of an Employee Environmental Awareness program and implementing the initial phase of the program with monthly articles in NB Power News.


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