The town of Pictou wants the new Minister of Environment to know about their concerns about Northern Pulp.
Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. has indicated there was an incident with a moisture switch that released total reduced sulfur compounds (TRS) from the mill on June 12. The Department of Environment is investigating. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Council has written a letter to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment to express their concern about pollution from Northern Pulp.
“Air quality in the Town of Pictou and surrounding area is being severely compromised by the dense emissions of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation,” Deputy Mayor Lynn Vigneault wrote in a letter on behalf of the town.
She states that the council recognizes the economic benefits of the mill and none of them want it to close, but said that on a regular basis the mayor and councillors hear from residence who are concerned about the perceived health risks associated with dense emissions.
“As an elected Council we are asking you to regularly publicize the results of environmental monitoring of Northern Pulp’s emissions on your website. Virtually no resident living in the Town of Pictou thinks that the ‘smells’, emanating from these emissions, have not become much worse in frequence and severity in the past few years. Pictou residents deserve verifiable improvements to justify Public monies given to Northern Pulp,” the letter continues.
As a council, they are asking Nova Scotia Environment to review and enforce laws so that current conditions don’t continue.
“If the current environmental laws and regulations are allowing this situation to continue than the current regulations are inadequate or the enforcement thereof is inadequate.
“It took a ‘Westray’ to change the performance and culture of occupational health and safety in our Province. We should not require an ‘environmental Westray’ to make the necessary changes in the performance and culture of Nova Scotia Environment.”