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Ottawa won’t do impact assessment on Northern Pulp effluent treatment plan

The future of the Northern Pulp mill is firmly in the hands of Nova Scotia Environment Minister Gordon Wilson.
Wilson is scheduled to release his environmental assessment decision on the Pictou County pulp mill’s plan for a new effluent treatment facility at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

On Monday, it was learned Wilson will have the final word on the matter after federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced he would not designate the project for a federal impact assessment.
“I am very much aware of concerns that have been raised related to the potential for adverse impacts from the project on marine life including a number of important questions raised by federal departments,” Wilkinson said in a statement.
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Nova Scotia government silent on implementing Lahey report without Northern Pulp

A microcosm of what is supposed to be the future of forestry for this province envisioned by the much touted Lahey Report was happening this week on a private woodlot south of Amherst.
About 35 years ago the good quality spruce had been cut out of it to feed a sawmill across the road.
The red pine, white pine and poplar they couldn’t sell was left, along with balsam fir.
“Today we were back there dealing with the results of that forestry,” said Craig Tupper, a forester with Athol Forestry Co-operative.
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