J.D. Irving's 125 mmbf/year Chipman sawmill in New Brunswick granted renewal of Class 1 air quality approval by province, demonstrating compliance with Clean Air Act; new approval takes effect April 1, just as existing one expires

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick , February 17, 2014 (press release) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for J.D. Irving – Chipman Sawmill.

The company's current approval expires on March 31, with the new approval taking effect on April 1. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a 120-day public review that ran between Sept. 19, 2013, and Jan. 17, 2014.

The information, along with approval conditions, can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Local Government website or at any regional office of the department.

The softwood sawmill, located in Chipman, produces about 125 million board-feet of dimensional lumber per year. Spruce pine and fir are harvested and brought to the mill in lengths ranging from 10 to 16 feet.

Class 1 major industries are required to comply with the Air Quality Regulation under the Clean Air Act, and to operate under the terms and conditions established in the approval to operate.

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