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

Mandate and Terms from the Minister of Conservation
Request for Investigation from the Minister of Conservation.

Background Information

The materials provided on this website are for information only. Official and complete proceedings are available by contacting the Commission.
Response to Clean Environment Commission
Appendix B: Emissions Dispersion Modeling Report by Olsson Associates
Appendix G: Health Risk Assessment
A summary of the proposed changes to the air emission levels that are being evaluated by the Commission.
Appendix F: Clean Environment Commission Letter to LPC
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.


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.

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.

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.



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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.
July 29, 2009
1:00 - 5:00 pm; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Westwood Inn - 473 Westwood Drive, Swan River
July 28, 2009
9:00 - 5:00 pm; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Westwood Inn - 473 Westwood Drive, Swan River

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.

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The Hearing


Transcripts of daily proceedings from any of our public sessions are available by clicking on the dates below.
July 29, 2009
July 28, 2009



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


Written Submissions

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



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Final Report

On September 10, 2010, the Minister of Conservation released the report.
An investigation into changes requested to Louisiana-Pacific Environment Act Licence


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