Government still waiting on additional info to assess proposed Northern Pulp project

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The Nova Scotia government is still waiting on additional information before a decision can be made regarding Northern Pulp's proposed effluent treatment project.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson tells CTV Atlantic the project needs an environmental assessment before anything else happens.

A decision in April from Margaret Miller, the Environment Minister at the time, outlined nineteen points which the company needed to address in a focus report so the department can better understand the potential impacts of the project to the environment.

Under the Boat Harbour Act, Northern Pulp must close its current effluent treatment facility by the end of January.

The company has proposed treating the effluent and then pumping it into the Northumberland Strait through an underwater pipe.

Northern Pulp tells CTV Atlantic that the company has completed 90 per cent of the work the government requires from the mill and that it will meet the September deadline to file the remaining information.

Unifor has been demanding the province to move forward with the project, and released an independent study on Wednesday which stated 2,700 jobs, both direct and indirect, would be lost in the mill were to close.

Tim Halman, the Progressive Conservative MLA for Dartmouth East, tells CTV Atlantic he believes Northern Pulp is important to the economy but says the company must meet its deadline.

(With files from CTV Atlantic)