New Brunswick's Clean Air Act aims to protect and improve the quality of the air we breathe, and to encourage the wise use of resources across the province.
One of the main tasks of the Clean Air Act is to control the type and amount of contaminants that are released into the atmosphere, through a system of Air Quality Approvals.
This legislation places responsibility for air pollution's harmful effects onto the person who releases contaminants. It creates new opportunities for the public to take part when air quality decisions are made. And it enables the Minister to act swiftly against polluters where human health or the environment may be at risk.
The Clean Air Act applies to all businesses, industries, and individuals in New Brunswick, to federal and provincial governments, and to Crown corporations.