Northern Pulp Says Government Decision Threatens Forestry Sector
Northern Pulp says it will collect the data that government is requesting, but that it clearly means more time is required beyond the current legislated deadline to complete construction of a new waste management facility.
April 4, 2019 - Northern Pulp says it will collect the data that government is requesting, but that it clearly means more time is required beyond the current legislated deadline to complete construction of a new waste management facility.
“We are confident in our plan and we will provide more information as per the government's request, however as we've seen throughout this project — these requests take time,” said Brian Baarda, CEO of Paper Excellence Canada, the owner of Northern Pulp. “We require an extension to the legislated deadline, so we have enough time to collect the information and to finish our new wastewater treatment facility.”
Northern Pulp says it has already completed 28 studies which formed the environmental assessment registration document at the request of the provincial and federal governments.
Baarda said a temporary closure is not realistic and would still require use of the Boat Harbour treatment facility. “If the government does not give us enough time to complete the new facility, we will have no choice but to permanently cease operations in Nova Scotia.
“If we do not get an extension from the government, that will mean we shut down operations in Nova Scotia. That will put the livelihood of thousands of Nova Scotians at risk," Baarda explained.
“We hope that the government recognizes the importance of balancing both rural prosperity and protection of our environment,” Baarda added.
Northern Pulp, a Paper Excellence company, is located in Abercrombie Point, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and has operated since 1967. The mill manufactures 280,000 tonnes per year of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp. The mill operates approximately 353 days per year and directly employs over 300 people. To learn more, visit: northernpulp.ca
SOURCE: Paper Excellence
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