Air quality approval renewed for J.D. Irving Ltd. Chipman sawmill

The province says it will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for J.D. Irving Ltd. for its softwood sawmill and planer mill operation in Chipman.

The current approval expires at the end of March with the new approval taking effect on April 1.

In a press release, the Department of Environment and Local Government says the new approval follows a public consultation that ran between September 27, 2018 and January 29, 2019.

The government says the Chipman operation produces about 305 million board feet of dimensional lumber per year, with the Chipman sawmill producing 225 million board feet and the remaining 80 million coming from the Sussex sawmill, which is then kiln-dried and dressed in Chipman.

According to the press release, Class 1 industrial facilities 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.

The new approval can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Local Government website or at any regional office of the department.