New Brunswick begins public review process for air approval license at Flakeboard MDF and particleboard plant in St. Stephen; current license expires June 30, 2012

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia , December 22, 2011 (press release) – A 180-day review process begins today on the renewal of the Approval to Operate for the Flakeboard Co. Ltd. wood composite products manufacturing mill in St. Stephen.

Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney made the announcement with the current approval to operate licence set to expire on June 30, 2012.

Flakeboard Co. Ltd. is required to comply with the Air Quality Regulation under the Clean Air Act and to operate under terms and conditions established in its Approval to Operate, issued pursuant to Section 5 of the same regulation.

"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 Blaney. "This process provides the public with an important opportunity to learn more about this facility. Good air quality is a priority for our government, and it is an important aspect of protecting people's health and promoting environmental sustainability."

This process contains a number of information requirements along with minimum time frames, including a 120-day public comment period scheduled to run until April 20.

All comments should be submitted in writing to the Department of Environment, Marysville Place, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1.

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 about compliance and enforcement.

Information is available on the Department of Environment website or at any department regional office.

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