August 29, 2005

New Brunswick starts comment period for draft CWS for mercury from coal-fired plants

FREDERICTON, NB-The New Brunswick government is inviting public comment on the draft Canada-wide Standards (CWS) intended to significantly reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The draft standards were accepted in principle by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) in June, and a similar comment period was initiated earlier this month by the Nova Scotia government (ELW August 8, 2005). The New Brunswick comment period runs to September 16, 2005. "New Brunswick is one of six provinces in Canada that burns coal to generate electricity," said acting Environment and Local Government Minister Graham. "NB Power currently operates two coal-fired power plants in New Brunswick, with one plant located in Belledune and the other at Grand Lake." Beginning in 2010, the proposed standards would set an annual mercury emission cap of 25 kilograms per year for the province. This would represent more than an 80% reduction in annual mercury emissions from New Brunswick's two coal-fired power plants. The draft CWS may be viewed on-line at www.gnb.ca/0009/0355/0009/0005-e.pdf, or on the CCME Web site, www.ccme.ca/initiatives/standards.html. Written comments should be sent to Mark Glynn, manager, energy and manufacturing section, NB Department of the Environment and Local Government, PO Box 6000, 20 McGloin St, Fredericton E3B 5H1, E-mail mark.glynn@gnb.ca.

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