Environmental assessment begins for proposed Northern Pulp effluent treatment plant

The province says the proposed new Northern Pulp effluent treatment plant project has registered for environmental assessment.

If approved, the proposed project would see Northern Pulp replace the existing effluent treatment facility with a new one and a new effluent pipeline.

The Pictou County mill is proposing that, once treated, effluent would be discharged into the Northumberland Strait through a roughly 15.5 km long pipeline. 

The proposed pipeline would follow Highway 106, into the strait near near the Northumberland Ferries marine terminal, and continue for about four kilometres, where the treated effluent would be discharged through an engineered diffuser.

All information filed by the company is on the Environment Department's website and the 30-day public comment period is now open.

You can email comments to ea@novascotia.ca or mail them to:
Environmental Assessment Branch
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8

All comments must be submitted by March 9 and the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval by March 29.

The company has said the treated effluent it plans to pump into the Strait will meet federal regulations for emissions, but opponents say there's a lack of scientific evidence regarding how the waste will affect the long-term health of the lucrative lobster and crab fisheries.