Your Step by Step Guide to Submitting Your Support


Your voice counts as we invest in building a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility that reduces our environmental footprint, creates and sustains jobs, delivers significant economic benefits locally and provincially, and ensures the continued operation of Northern Pulp.

The public has until Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm to submit comments to Nova Scotia Environment on our Focus Report.

The extensive, scientific, fact-based Focus Report we submitted to Nova Scotia’s Minster of Environment highlights that our proposed wastewater treatment facility will be industry leading and significantly reduce our environmental footprint. In fact, Northern Pulp will be one of the most environmentally responsible mills in North America.

When this state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility is complete, Northern Pulp’s environment footprint will be significantly reduced.  Forestry and fishing industries will be able to thrive and co-exist and finally, and very importantly, the community can begin to heal.

Now is your chance to voice your support for our proposed wastewater treatment facility and the continued operations of Northern Pulp.

Act today!


1. Review the Focus Report

Review the focus report, fact sheets, support documents about Northern Pulp and our proposed state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility at

We have also included key focus report findings for your reference at the end of this notification to assist in your letter writing.

2. Write a Letter

Here are some tips for writing a good letter to government representative.

• Be concise
• Identify two to three reasons for your support, highlighting elements of the Focus Report, the environment, and the economic benefits of Northern Pulp operations to you and the province
• Include elements from the Focus Report and personal experience to back up your case for support (e.g. As someone who works in the forestry sector…; As someone who hunts/fishes…)
• Be specific in what action you want the Minister to take (e.g. Approve the Environmental Assessment)
• Proofread your letter before submitting
• Letters should be addressed to:
          Hon. Gordon Wilson
          Minister of Environment
          Nova Scotia Environment
          PO Box 442
          Halifax, NS B3J 2P8

3. Submit Your Letter

Submit your letter to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment by Friday, November 8, 2019, using one of the following channels:

Online Consultation Form:
Select “Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project”

Environmental Assessment Branch
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS  B3J 2P8

Focus Report Key Findings

Third party environmental experts have concluded the ocean water quality within 5 meters of the proposed diffuser will meet Canadian marine guidelines and there is no history of ice scour at the planned location of the diffuser.  Based on this information, it is believed this project will have little impact on the Strait and fisheries.

Ocean water quality within 5 meters of the diffuser will meet Canadian marine guidelines.

Treated wastewater (effluent) will not be visible at the water’s surface.

Third party environmental experts have assessed that no significant impacts are expected on any fisheries or fish habitat as a result of this project.

Construction will have minor impacts on marine species and habitat; they will be localized and generally “reversible”, which means habitat and population will re-establish naturally.

Within 5 meters of the diffuser, the difference between the treated wastewater and ocean temperature will be less than 1℃.

For additional protection Northern Pulp has selected a thicker than required pipe, in addition to establishing an automated leak detection system which will be installed in the Pictou watershed area.

No history of ice scour was found at the planned location of the diffuser port located outside of Caribou Harbor in 20m water depth.

The project will have no impact in terms of accumulation of materials around the diffuser. Northern Pulp engaged independent consultants to consider, study and report their findings to the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment on the impact their project may or may not have on the environment.  

Nova Scotia Needs Forestry. Northern Pulp grows more than 6,000,000 seedlings every year. Treated wastewater from Northern Pulp has been flowing into the Northumberland Strait for over 50 years.  Northern Pulp’s plan is to re-route the treated wastewater to a different location further out into the Strait.  For 50 years, the fishing industry has successfully fished the Strait.  Third party environmental experts have assessed that no significant impacts are expected on any fisheries or fish habitat as a result of this project.

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