FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for the Skretting Canada Inc. fish feed plant in Bayside.

The company's current approval expires on July 15, with the new approval taking effect on July 16. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a public review that ran from Jan. 11 to May 9.

The facility produces about 40,000 metric tonnes per year of fish feed for the aquaculture industry.

The plant consists predominantly of a storage area for raw materials and finished products, conveying and mixing equipment, a hammermill, an extruder, enclosed bins, several cyclones, a dryer, a biofilter odour removal system, and associated screening, bagging, and air pollution control equipment.

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.

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.