Northern Pulp to remain operational for Royal Tour

John Brannen
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ABERCROMBIE – As Pictou beautifies itself for the royal visitors, air quality in the area will remain unchanged.

Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation

Despite speculation on social media and elsewhere that Northern Pulp could cease operations during the Royal Tour in Pictou this Monday, the pulp mill will remain open and operational. 

“Our plan is to operate as per normal,” said David MacKenzie, governmental affairs and communications with Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, will tour the Hector Heritage Quay on May 19.

While Northern Pulp does shut down operations for maintenance once a year, the timings weren’t close to this visit.

“This usually happens in the springtime, the next scheduled maintenance will be this fall,” said MacKenzie. “To my knowledge, the mill has never been closed for special visitors or events.”

This is mainly due to the fact that closing the mill for a few hours is, according to MacKenzie, extremely cost prohibitive.

“It’s extremely complex. You can’t just flick a switch to shut the operations down.”

He likened the operation to that of a human body, in which everything on site is dependent on something else.

“That’s the reason you do maintenance once a year. It would be very expensive just to shut for a few hours.”



Organizations: Royal Tour, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia, Hector Heritage Quay

Geographic location: Northern Pulp, Pictou

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Recent comments

  • Chris
    May 28, 2014 - 22:33

    Close that damn thing forever. I live 2 miles from it. Cancer rates are way above average in the area. 5 or 6 alone on my road have died from cancer in the past 15 years. I suffer respiratory problems, as do many locally, smells like raw sewage, so thick it looks like fog. To hell with the "royals" but yes shut this monstrosity down.. Sulphur dioxide, and often unexplainable black smoke.

  • paul veniot
    May 16, 2014 - 07:22

    Unrealistic to expect a business to shut down for such an event...Few enough jobs in the province as it is without such restrictions.

  • mary
    May 15, 2014 - 16:25

    I think this is very short-sighted. This company and its predecessors have dragged their heels for years on implementing air and water pollution controls, impacting the people of Pictou and Pictou Landing most of all. Now we have an opportunity to showcase our town and this ugly dinosaur of an industry is going to be on full display and in our nostrils.

  • Kev
    May 15, 2014 - 15:15

    Good ! Perhaps with old Charlie being a bit of a tree hugger he will look across the bay and ask what on earth is spewing out of the mill and throw his weight behind the campaign to get the place cleaned up.