The meeting between Pictou County’s three MLAs and the executive directors at Northern Pulp on Tuesday is a positive sign that change may soon be coming to the mill.
Chair of the board, John Hamm said that a precipitator could help deal with the problem of the plant’s plume settling on the harbour and at least one MLA alluded to the fact that significant upgrades could soon be realized at the Abercrombie Point business.
It’s almost certain that taxpayers dollars are going to have to go towards any changes that happen at the facility, but as Hamm and the MLAs pointed out yesterday, money invested in the plant is money well spent – at least to a certain extent.
Many jobs are dependent on the mill and it’s important that they are preserved. It’s good to hear that people what to improve and not get rid of the business.
That said, those living next to Northern Pulp and near Boat Harbour have had to put up with a lot over the years and it’s time that things started moving a little more swiftly towards correcting that. It sounds that some upcoming announcements may result in at least some of those needed changes.
Political representatives will take credit for seeing that the upgrades happen and to a certain extent they may deserve it. But the bulk of any praise that will be handed out belongs to those activists in this community who have fought tirelessly to see that future generations don’t have to face what they have. They cared long before Erin Brockovich took an interest in Boat Harbour and they’re the ones who are going to get to appreciate the better air and cleaner water when their goals are reached.
As residents of Pictou County we’ll all be better off because they cared enough to raise a stink.