Note: Some of the information is available only in the language in which it was originally prepared.
No Computer? No Problem
While we have tried to make as much information as possible readily available to computer users, we can also provide you with a printed copy of any document that is available online. Of course we can always be reached by phone, fax, mail or visit. Don't forget that all the online information can be obtained from any computer with Internet access, including home computers and computers at many public libraries.
3. Tell Us What You Think
Use the information available to you to become familiar with the issues. Don't hesitate to ask questions of either the Department of Environment or the facility if you need clarification. Then, tell us what you think.
- We welcome comments and questions from individuals or community groups. Comments may be made anonymously, if you wish.
- We prefer to have comments in writing, either by letter, fax or email, so that we'll have a precise record of your comments. (It's important to put a date on whatever you send us)
How to Reach Us
For Information about an Approval:
For questions about a specific Approval, contact the Department of Environment Project Manager: Tel: 506-444-4599.
For questions about the facility, speak to the contact person at that facility.
The Web site contains an interactive email option and will give you the names of the facility contact and project manager for any Air Quality Approval process, and tell you how to reach them.
For General Information:
... about the regulatory process (Air Quality Approvals), contact the Approvals Branch, New Brunswick Department of Environment: Tel 506-444-4599.
... about the public participation process for Class 1 Approval reviews, contact the Communications and Educational Services Branch, New Brunswick Department of Environment: Tel 506-453-3700.
4. We Report Back to You
We issue a draft Approval and an Interim Summary of the key issues identified by you, and responses to those issues prepared by Department of Environment staff, approximately half-way through the 120-day public comment period (with 60 days to comment remaining). The summary may also include issues identified by Department of Environment staff or others.
- When the draft Approval and Interim Summary are available, we publish a notice in the newspaper(s) which serves the area nearest the facility. We also remind you of the final deadline for public comment on the Approval being reviewed.
- While the Interim Summary reflects all relevant public comment received by the Department of Environment, individuals are not identified. Where appropriate, responses in the summary will refer to conditions in the draft Approval, so that you will see how the facility owner must address various concerns.
- All summaries and draft Approvals are available from the Web site or in paper from any Department of Environment office.
- You may continue to comment on the draft Approval and on issues raised in the interim summary for another 60 days.
- After the conclusion of the public comment period, we issue a news release announcing the availability of our Final Summary of issues and responses, the Minister's decision, and the Intended Approval. The Minister's decision will be based upon the comments from the public and others as well as advice from appropriate Department staff. The news release, final summary and Intended Approval will be available on our Web site or from regional offices.
- If the Minister is satisfied that all requirements have been met, the date of issuance or renewal of the Approval is announced.
- If the Minister doesn't feel confident that relevant issues have been addressed, or that there are other significant considerations, he or she may extend the review process and the existing Approval for up to six months, until a decision can be made.
Ultimately, all decisions on Approvals are made by the Minister based on the recommendations of appropriate Department of Environment staff. However, we have a legal obligation to consult with the public on Class 1 Approvals, an obligation we take very seriously. We urge you to get involved.
For additional copies of this publication, or for general information about the public participation process, please contact your nearest regional office of the NB Department of Environment or the Communications and Educational Services Branch at (506) 453-3700. For technical information about Approvals, please contact the Department's Approvals Branch at (506) 444-4599.