Federal agency wants feedback on proposed Boat Harbour Remediation Project

(Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency)

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is inviting public feedback to determine whether or not a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Boat Harbour Remediation Project.

The federal agency is seeking comments "from the public and Indigenous groups on the project and its potential effects on the environment" by January 27th.

Should the CEAA determine an environmental assessment is warranted, it could take a full year from a notice of commencement before a decision is issued by the Minister of the Environment.

Nova Scotia Lands Inc. is proposing the remediation and restoration of Boat Harbour and nearby lands, located next to Pictou Landing First Nation and five kilometres east of Pictou.

In 1967, the provincial government constructed the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility to treat effluent from industrial sources.

The Government of Nova Scotia plans on closing the facility and as part of the remediation and restoration work, hazardous waste-bearing sediment from the facility would be removed and stored on-site in an existing hazardous waste landfill.