FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for the Arbec Forest Products mill in Miramichi.

The company's current approval expires on Aug. 31, with the new one taking effect on Sept. 1. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a public review that ran between Feb. 24 and June 27.

Arbec Forest Products purchased the oriented strand board mill that was formerly owned and operated by Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. The mill was commissioned in 1996 and began operation under the name Eagle Forest Products before Weyerhaeuser purchased the facility in 2000.

The mill produces oriented strand board panels that are principally used in home construction for wall sheathing, roofing and structural floors. Most of the product manufactured in Miramichi is sold in Canada and the United States.

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 the approval to operate.