Erin Brockovich takes interest in Pictou County concerns

Published on August 6, 2013
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

Concerns about the ill effects of the Northern Pulp mill have attracted the interest of American activist Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich reports on her website that she is receiving high numbers of inquiries from people in Pictou County who are concerned that the excessive rate of cancer and respiratory illness in their community could be attributable to environmental contamination caused by the emissions from Northern Pulp.

“I am in discussions with my environmental engineer team about this issue and we will respond once we have more knowledge,” Erin Brockovich states.

The concerns have long been talked about locally, with a Facebook group even formed to push for the clean up of it.

Resident Matt Gunning is one of the people pushing for the clean up.

“We’d always talk about the mill and the uneasy feeling about it,” Gunning told The News last week. “We’ve all kind of been hit with cancer so it makes you think.”

Brockovich is famous for her persistance in constructing a case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her efforts were made known in a movie with Julia Roberts playing her. 

 

The News has run other stories about concerns recently as well.

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2013-06-19/article-3284406/Problems-at-Northern-Pulp/1

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2013-04-11/article-3218550/Syrup-producer-worries-about-dirty-mill-emissions/1

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2013-05-03/article-3233955/Chronic-illness-high-near-pulp-mill/1