FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for Flakeboard Co. Ltd., a wood composite products manufacturing mill in St. Stephen.

The company's current approval expires on June 30, with the new approval taking effect on July 1. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a public review which ran from Dec. 12, 2016, to April 11, 2017.

The information, along with approval conditions, can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Local Government website or at any regional office of the department.

The mill manufactures medium-density fibreboard and particleboard from hardwood chips, softwood shavings and other sources of residual wood fibre. It can produce about 450 tonnes per day of medium-density fibreboard and 420 tonnes per day of particleboard.

Class 1 major industries are required to comply with the Air Quality Regulation under the Clean Air Act, and to operate under the terms and conditions established in its approval to operate.