Assembly of New Brunswick
Énergie NB Power
NB Power - Environment
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.
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.
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.
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.
NB Power strives to ensure that its Environmental Policy is respected by all its partners, including contractors, consultants, and suppliers of goods and services.
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.
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.
Highlights of recent major accomplishments in environmental management include: