FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval to operate for the McCain Foods Ltd. facility in Grand Falls.

The company’s current approval to operate expires on Aug. 15 and the new one takes effect on Aug. 16 for five years.

The company operates a frozen food processing plant, which produces French fries and other specialty potato products. New Brunswick is a major potato-producing province, representing an estimated 15 per cent of the total Canadian production and acreage.

The public had an opportunity to comment on the licence renewal from Feb. 7 until June 20.

The public participation process is available online.

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.