May 21-28, 2007

Irving Pulp and Paper facility air quality permit renewed for five-year term

FREDERICTON, NB-The air quality operating approval for Irving Pulp and Paper's kraft and tissue mill complex in Saint John has been renewed for a five-year term, effective June 1, 2007. Environment Minister Roland Haché said no issues warranting further formal consideration were raised during the renewal process, which included a 120-day public review period running from November 7, 2006 to March 30, 2007. The approval includes a condition requiring Irving to complete, by August 31, 2007, a study of the total reduced sulfur (TRS) ambient monitoring network to evaluate the effectiveness of the current ambient TRS monitoring stations surrounding the mill complex. Irving's Saint John operation includes a kraft pulp mill with a production rate of approximately 1,000 air dry tonnes per day of bleached kraft pulp and a tissue mill that produces approximately 200 machine dry tonnes per day of tissue. Commissioned in the early 1990s, the facility is near New Brunswick's famous Reversing Falls, on the Saint John River. In 2005, the company began work on a $45-million air quality and solid waste improvement project. Approximately 75% of the project was completed that year, but work was temporarily suspended due to economic pressures affecting the North American pulp and paper industry. Irving resumed construction in December 2006, with completion expected by December 2007. Documentation supporting the review process, including a facility profile, draft and intended approvals, and summaries of issues raised and applicable responses, may be viewed on the Environment Department Web site, www.gnb.ca/0009/0355/0005/I-3172_E.html.

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