**Updated** Northern Pulp fined, ordered to fix power boilers after stack tests come back over limit

**Updated at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday**

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation has been fined and ordered to address issues with its power boilers after stack tests results from June.

The province says the power boiler tested at 224 milligrams per referenced cubic metre, which is well above the limit of 150 milligrams per referenced cubic metre of particulate matter in the company's industrial approval.

The ministerial order from Environment Minister Iain Rankin also requires Northern Pulp to provide its external consultant reports to the department, as well as any reports for the two audits completed on the power boiler and the power boiler emission control equipment in the summer of 2017.

Government says the company must also provide all training records related to the power boiler.

The province says Northern Pulp was also issued a summary offence ticket for $697.50 for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of its industrial approval.

Premier Stephen McNeil is questioning whether the amount is financial deterrent for the large multi-national company.

He's asked the Environment Department to review its pollution fines.

The mill has a scheduled shutdown this month, and will be required to provide detailed reports about the work planned, when the shutdown is finished, and what was achieved to bring the power boiler into compliance.

A ministerial order requires it to provide detailed reports about planned maintenance and how it plans to bring the power boiler into compliance.

Rankin says, "This recent stack test result is evidence that more work and enforcement are needed to ensure the power boiler is operating properly."

Government says Pictou's ambient air measures are well below the national average, according to Health Canada's guidelines, when it comes to health measures, and have been since 2014 when the new precipitator was put in place.

With files from the Canadian Press.