Northern Pulp

Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility

Environmental Assessment


The existing Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) that is used by Northern Pulp must be closed by 2020, in accordance with the Boat Harbour Act. A new treatment facility will need to be designed and constructed to allow Northern Pulp to continue operation.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) will develop the overarching environmental plan for the replacement treatment facility. This EA study, when complete, will identify constraints and mitigation measures which will be incorporated into the final design, construction, and operation of the ETF to protect and support the environment.

  • Project Overview There are studies, engineering design, and ongoing engagement before the project is completed. Visit this page to learn more about the project, and the anticipated schedule.
  • Specialist studies and Engagement Materials are being posted on the website as they become available. Visit this page to read them, or download a copy.
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions will be updated throughout the project.
  • Effluent Treatment Facility Design is still on going. Visit this page to learn what has been completed to date, including: why a closed loop system isn't feasible, how the general outfall location was recommended, and a description of how the replacement facility works.
  • Environmental Assessment: Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) has determined, in accordance to the Nova Scotia Environment Act, that this project will follow a Class 1 EA. Visit this page to learn more about the EA process, and NSE's review.

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News and Project Updates

22.11.2018: An alternative for the effluent pipe and outfall has been proposed. The new alternative would follow Highway 106 to Caribou Harbour, and then out into the Northumberland Strait. You can see the new alternative route here.

22.03.2018: Additional reporting posted: Project Launch: Summary of Engagement "What We Heard" summarizes comments received through correspondence, during engagement sessions and at meetings during the project launch phase.

19.02.2018: Additional reporting posted: Market assessment study which outlines why Northern Pulp Nova Scotia shouldn't change what kind of product it makes, and because of that, shouldn't change the type of mill process.

17.01.2018: Additional reporting posted: Preliminary Engineering Study documenting the alternative treatment processes and Middle River Study related to the Mill's water intake.

08.01.2018: Additional reporting posted: Receiving Water Study and the appendices to the Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) have been added.

18.12.2017: Frequently Asked Questions posted.

13.12.2017: The Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) study results for Boat Harbour have been requested by the public during the 2017 Community Open Houses. This EEM study is not directly applicable to the proposed replacement effluent treatment facility and associated treated effluent. Click Here here to access PDF.

09.12.2017: Community Open House materials posted. Thank you to everyone who participated over our three day launch. We have received a lot of input and questions. We are working over the coming weeks to provide updates and responses.

26.11.2017: Project Initiation, website launch, invitations to the first project open house.