Federal agency launches environmental assessment of Boat Harbour cleanup

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has launched a federal environmental assessment for the Boat Harbour Remediation Project.

In a statement Wednesday, the agency is inviting the public and Indigenous groups to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment.

The CEAA says comments received will be considered as it finalizes the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, which will be forwarded to provincial Crown corporation Nova Scotia Lands Inc.

In January, the agency sought comments on whether a federal environmental assessment was required for the cleanup project next to the Pictou Landing First Nation.

Comments will be accepted until May 10th, with the CEAA saying this is the second of four opportunities to comment on the environmental assessment.

Opponents of Northern Pulp's plans had wanted an environmental assessment of the company's plans to create a 15.5-kilometre-long pipeline to carry millions of litres of treated wastewater to the Northumberland Strait.

On March 29th, Nova Scotia Environment Minister Margaret Miller said more information is required before a decision can be made on that project.

Northern Pulp has until January 2020 to close the current facility, following legislation that was passed over four years ago.

The company wants more time to gather the required information, warning the facility will close if government doesn't give them enough time to complete a new facility.

Miller and Premier Stephen McNeil have insisted there are no plans to extend the deadline.