Federal ministers keeping tabs on Northern Pulp's plans

The federal fisheries minister says the environmental review of the effluent pipe from Northern Pulp into the Northumberland Strait will remain in the hands of Nova Scotia.

However, the federal environment minister isn't ruling out a federal assessment of the Pictou mill's plans for a new treatment facility.

The government of PEI suggested last week that Ottawa should play a role in a review of the plan to pipe the waste from the paper mill into the strait.

The province's premier says fishermen in his province are concerned about the possible impact.

Federal DFO minister Dominic LeBlanc said Tuesday that he considers the provincial process in Nova Scotia to be ``robust'' and it is Nova Scotia's jurisdiction.

But, according to CBC News, federal environment minister Catherine McKenna told reporters Tuesday that a final decision on whether to do a federal environmental assessment won't be made until the final project proposal is ready.

~ With files from Canadian Press and CBC News