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Stakeholders concerned with Northern Pulp focus report to respond Nov. 19


In a secret agreement with Northern Pulp, the provincial government agreed to pay for part of the mill’s environmental assessment of its new effluent treatment plant. - File
Northern Pulp. - SaltWire Network File
PICTOU, N.S. —

Four major stakeholders will address the media on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in Pictou.

This will be the first time any of the groups have spoken to media since the public comment period on Northern Pulp’s focus report closed on Nov. 8. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, the Fishermen’s Working Group, representing 3000 fishermen from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI, and Friends of the Northumberland Strait (FONS) will present their main findings on Northern Pulp’s Focus Report during a joint press conference at the Decoste Centre in Pictou.

“It has been an intense 36 days, trying to weed through thousands of pages of documents,” says Jill Graham-Scanlan, President of FONS. “Each group has its own concerns with the focus report, and we have also reached some common conclusions.”

The focus report was required by Nova Scotia Environment to fill in critical information that was missing from Northern Pulp’s original environmental assessment registration document. Northern Pulp’s plan to release up to 85 million litres of treated effluent daily into the rich fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait has been hotly debated since it was introduced almost two years ago.

The focus report submitted for Nova Scotia Environment’s approval. - SaltWire Network F
The focus report submitted for Nova Scotia Environment’s approval. - SaltWire Network F

 

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