FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for AV Group New Brunswick Inc.’s Nackawic Mill.

The company's current approval expires on Sept. 30, with the new approval taking effect on Oct. 1. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a public review that ran between March 17 and July 24.

The facility operates a dissolving grade kraft pulpmill that has a production rate of about 540 air dry tonnes per day of bleached kraft dissolving grade pulp. This pulp is shipped offshore for use in the textile industry to manufacture rayon.

The Nackawic Mill was commissioned in the early 1970's and is located east of the confluence of the Nackawic Stream and the Mactaquac Headpond on the north shore of the Saint John River about 60 kilometres upstream of Fredericton.

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.