One more year needed for Boat Harbour effluent plan, Northern Pulp says

Nova Scotia's Northern Pulp mill says it needs a one-year extension to the province's legislated deadline to close its contentious Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility.

It has submitted an environmental assessment application to the province for its proposed treatment project, including a pipe that would pump millions of litres of treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait.

Most significantly, at a news conference Thursday in Halifax, the company said more time is needed to complete preparations, and suggested it will have to shut down the mill if it doesn't get it.

Premier Stephen McNeil has consistently said his government has no intention of extending the deadline contained in the Boat Harbour Act, which was passed in 2015.

Company officials say design and engineering work for the effluent treatment facility has been completed, adding that its application to the Environment Department is the result of 28 studies.

Northern Pulp says it will file an environmental assessment outlining the "best proven technology" for the treatment facility along with the preferred outfall location for the piping system by the end of January of next year.