Every source of emissions in the province, whether it's an individual or company, must obtain an Air Quality Approval from the Department of Environment. The Approval can be in effect for up to five years.
The Approval specifies operating conditions and emission limits. It's against the law to violate the terms of an approval.
Approvals are classified according to the volume of emissions released -- the lower the volume of emissions, the lower the class designation.
Class 1 sources release the most emissions in the province. We have about 26 Class 1 facilities in New Brunswick right now, including power plants, pulp mills, and large manufacturing plants.
Other resources are designated as Class 2, 3 or 4 facilities, depending on the level of their emissions.
Only Class 1 sources have a formal, public participation component in their approval process. However, it's important to note that the Department of Environment welcomes comments and questions about any Approval at any time.