February 27, 2006

New Brunswick renews air quality permits for McCain, Irving

FREDERICTON, NB-The provincial Environment and Local Government department has renewed air quality approvals for the McCain Foods (Canada) frozen food plant in Florenceville and for the Irving Paper mill in Saint John. The McCain permit will be renewed for a five-year period effective March 1, 2006, while a five-year renewal for the Irving facility takes effect April 1, 2006. Both renewals followed public consultation, including a 120-day comment period. For the McCain permit renewal application, a single written submission received by the department expressed concerns about odours and emissions of greenhouse gases, ammonia, particulates, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from the facility. Information documents related to the renewal application show that the facility has been in full compliance with the terms of its existing permit. As a result of comments received about the Irving permit renewal, the expiry date for the existing approval was extended from January 31 to March 31, 2006. Comments received focused on emissions of steam, organics, metals and other compounds, and on issues such as odours, a biomass energy plant (plans for which have been put on hold), the use of waste-derived fuel, pollution prevention activities, and activation of the company's SO2 episode response plan. Information documents related to the renewal application show that Irving has been in full compliance with the terms of its existing approval. Details on the McCain approval may be viewed on-line at www.gnb.ca/0009/0355/0005/I-2754_E.html. Documentation on the Irving approval may be viewed at www.gnb.ca/0009/0355/0005/I-3743_E.html.

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