The Northern Pulp kraft pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has filed a 2,600-page report with the Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) responding to additional questions and concerns laid out by the government back in March regarding its proposed new wastewater treatment facility.
“Members at the mill are looking forward to this process being resolved and are hopeful the government will find an appropriate and respectful way for the community to move forward,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Unifor has stood firm for years in demanding government work with stakeholders to find a solution that supports good jobs, protects the environment, and respects First Nations’ rights.”
Unifor Atlantic Regional Director Linda MacNeil spoke to The Todd Veinotte Show on Halifax-based radio NEWS 95.7 about the submission.
“Across Canada, there are 88 pulp and paper mills – approximately 27 of those are Kraft mills just like Northern Pulp – and they get along with their communities, they create jobs and are environmentally responsible,” MacNeil told Veinotte. “This isn’t something new in Canada. The communities coexist, the fisheries coexist, so it is possible.”
NSE has opened a 30-day public consultation period to hear from concerned citizens with regard to the scientific studies.
Unifor is preparing their submission and encourages its forestry locals and members to contribute their support for the approval of the Northern Pulp treatment facility project.
Locals seeking support in submitting their comments should contact the Halifax office at firstname.lastname@example.org.