Louisiana Pacific Oriented Strandboard Plant Air Emissions

On March 26, 2009 the Minister of Conservation requested the Clean Environment Commission conduct an investigation and provide advice and recommendations regarding a request from Louisiana Pacific to alter the operating license to allow increased emission limits and the permanent suspension of the operation of the dryer press regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) at the Swan Valley Oriented Strandboard (OSB) Plant.

Terms of Reference

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Mandate and Terms from the Minister of Conservation
Request for Investigation from the Minister of Conservation.
Louisiana Pacific's application for an alteration to the licence

Background Information

The materials provided on this website are for information only. Official and complete proceedings are available by contacting the Commission.

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The Review Process
North American Oriented Strand Board Industry Review, commissioned by the review Panel summarizes the current regulatory environment and pollution control standards in the industry in North America.
A summary of the proposed changes to the air emission levels that are being evaluated by the Commission.
Response to Clean Environment Commission
Appendix B: Emissions Dispersion Modeling Report by Olsson Associates
Appendix F: Clean Environment Commission Letter to LPC
Appendix G: Health Risk Assessment

Panel Members

Edwin Yee
(Commissioner)

Edwin Yee is a retired environmental consultant with 30 years experience in regulatory management of toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and contaminated sites. Mr. Yee has participated in the development of national and international guidelines and standards for soil quality and petroleum hydrocarbons and provided guidance to the Abandoned Mines Advisory Committee.

Patricia MacKay
(Commissioner)

Patricia MacKay is a Senior Scholar in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba. Her interests and expertise include entomology, pesticide toxicology and ecology. Dr. MacKay has been involved in a number of professional societies and environmentally related advisory committees.

Ken Wait
(Commissioner)

Ken Wait has experience as a health safety and environmental protection professional and has worked with Manitoba Rolling Mills, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Labour, Manitoba Environment and Inco Ltd. in Thompson.

Kenneth Gibbons
(Commissioner)

Ken Gibbons is a retired Associate Professor from the Department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg as well as having served as Chair of the University of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg Joint Masters Program in Public Administration from 1995 to 2004. He has been active on numerous committees at the University of Winnipeg such as the Senate, the Curriculum Committee, the Environmental Studies Committee, and the Research Ethics Committee. In addition, Ken served on the Steering Committee of the Manitoba Eco-Network from 1983 to 1988, and has been a member of policy advisory committees for the governments of Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Public Sessions

As instructed by the Minister of Conservation the Clean Environment Commission is hosting public meetings in the affected community. Public meetings will be held in Swan River at the following times and location.

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July 28, 2009 
9:00 - 5:00 pm; 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Westwood Inn - 473 Westwood Drive, Swan River 
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July 29, 2009 
1:00 - 5:00 pm; 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Westwood Inn - 473 Westwood Drive, Swan River 
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The public meetings, called as part of the investigation, are only part of the information gathering process and are not the end of the investigation. Preparation leading up to the public meetings has taken many months and will continue after the meetings until the Panel is satisfied it has the necessary information to make an informed recommendation. At the public meetings the Panel expects that it will hear a summary of the company’s proposal, public opinions, suggestions for reference materials, other studies or experts that may have more or specific information, topics or questions that the public wishes to be addressed and perhaps even expert testimony.

Upload a Written Submission or Presentation 

If you cannot or do not wish to make an oral presentation to the Panel, you may send in a written submission. The deadline for written submissions is September 1, 2009.

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Transcripts

Transcripts of daily proceedings from any of our public sessions are available by clicking on the dates below.

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July 28, 2009
July 29, 2009

Presentations

The public meetings have been completed and copies of the presentations are now available. These documents are provided for information only, the official and complete record of proceedings is available by contacting the Commission.

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Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Dan Soprovich
Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Iris Jonsson
Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Ken Sigurdson
Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Margaret Romak, Part 1
Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Margaret Romak, Part 2
Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Maria Kent
Ducks Unlimited Canada, Christopher Smith
Letter from the Minister
Louisiana Pacific
Murray Wenstob
Rural Municipality of Minitonas, Reeve Michael McIntosh
Spruce Products Limited, Ward Perchuck
Swan River Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Neely and Grant Wicks
The Boreal Forest Network Powerpoint
The Boreal Forest Network, Susanne McCrea, Part 1
The Boreal Forest Network, Susanne McCrea, Part 2
The Boreal Forest Network, Susanne McCrea, Part 3
Town of Minitonas, Mayor Henry Barkowski
Town of Swan River, Mayor Glen McKenzie
United Steelworkers Local 1-324, Chris Parlow, Darren Chmelowski, Lyle Sagert

Written Submissions

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David Skinner
Manitoba Eco-network
Concerned Citizen's of the Valley, Margaret Romak
Barry Waito
Cheryl Kennedy Courcelles
Green Party of Canada
Dan Soprovich, Concerned Citizens of the Valley
Dan Soprovich, Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Map 1
Dan Soprovich, Concerned Citizens of the Valley, Map 2
Manitoba Wildlife Federation
Louisiana Pacific
MFL Occupational Health Centre
Manitoba Green Party
Manitoba Wildlands
Jacinta Willing
Archie Kichuk, Concerned Citizens of the Valley
Peter Miller
Public Interest Law Centre on behalf of Concerned Citizens of the Valley and Boreal Forest Network (background documents available on request)
Concerned Citizens of the Valley
Manitoba Conservation

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Final Report

On September 10, 2010, the Minister of Conservation released the report.

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An investigation into changes requested to Louisiana-Pacific Environment Act Licence

Request Report

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