NB Environment Minister concerned with proposed iron plant's emissions projections

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New Brunswick Environment Minister Jeff Carr says a $1 billion iron processing plant proposed for Belledune is 'concerning'.

CBC reports Maritime Iron's environmental impact assessment registration suggests the plant would increase New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions by more than two million tonnes.

Carr says the province would need to strike a balance between improving the Chaleur Region economy and New Brunswick missing its emissions-reduction targets.

But Maritime Iron says it would supply NB Power's local generating station with a gas-byproduct to burn, thereby reducing the utility's coal use by more than half.

The company also argues new technology that would be used at the plant would reduce global emissions by 40 per cent.

Carr says New Brunswick is close to its emissions reduction target and wants to keep it that way.

(with files from CBC)