August 29, 2005

Draft EIA guidelines issued for JD Irving biomass cogen proposal

FREDERICTON, NB-New Brunswick's acting Environment and Local Government Minister Dale Graham has issued draft guidelines for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) on a proposal by JD Irving to construct and operate a biomass-fired cogeneration unit in Saint John. This follows the Minister's decision earlier this month that a comprehensive EIA will be required for the project. JD Irving is proposing to build and operate a biomass-fired cogeneration facility at the former shipbuilding site in Saint John. The facility would include a biomass-fired boiler, biomass receiving and handling equipment, emissions control equipment, turbine and a generator. New Brunswick's EIA regulation provides a 30-day public review period during which written comments on the draft guidelines will be accepted. Graham said these will be taken into consideration in preparing the final guidelines, which must be issued within 60 days after the draft version is released. The guidelines specify issues that the project proponent or sponsor must examine in the course of completing an EIA study. The study will examine the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the biomass unit, related facilities and infrastructure along with identification of the appropriate mitigative and optimization measures. The resulting report will be submitted to the Department of the Environment and Local Government for review. The draft guidelines are available on-line at www.gnb.ca/0009/0377/0002/0003-e.asp.

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